After generating buzz around the world, the Panama Museum of Biodiversity will open its doors to tourists, curious visitors, students, and scientists in 2014. This extraordinary museum is a living vehicle that relates an equally extraordinary story: how the isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea and how it changed the world. Designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is a powerful combination of science, art, and design. Unlike any other modern-day architect, Frank Gehry's work closely resembles that of a contemporary artist and sculptor. In the Biomuseo we can see many references to local culture and biodiversity (for example, in the colors) and the architecture of the canal (the building's roof and architectural formations).
The construction has a pronounced vitality, coloration and brightness. Situated at the beginning of the Amador Causeway and entrance to the Panama Canal, the building looks over the landscape of the Pacific and seems to eventually become one with it. It appears as a colorful ship floating amidst the other boats in the bay.
The primary objective of the Biomuseo it to make us more conscientious of our role in the world, based on an ongoing reflection on the importance of biodiversity. In order to achieve this goal, the museum has taken a novel approach to the traditional exhibition concept. By combining technology, art, and design, the exhibit halls produce a sensory impact that encourages hands-on learning and discovery.
The Biomuseo aims to become a landmark and a symbol of the global concern for the environment and conservation, while at the same time making the world aware of Panama's extraordinary natural and cultural heritage. The project intends to produce a sustained international effect and help to generate a new understanding of wealth in the 21st century: the wealth of the natural economy.
The main exhibit of the Biomuseo is titled Panama: Bridge of Life. In its first phase, the Biomuseo will have 5 galleries.
An incredible abundance and variety of life exists on planet Earth. A ramp will welcome visitors into the world of natural science and the explosion of life in Panama.
We are surrounded by countless living beings and communities. A three-story projection space equipped with ten screens will immerse the visitor in an audiovisual presentation of the natural wonders found within all of the ecosystems present in Panama.
The Bridge Appears
Panama is a living bridge that emerged from the sea three million years ago. The colossal forces from the Earth's interior that formed the isthmus will be represented by three tectonic sculptures fourteen meters high, creating a space for visitors to physically touch and explore the geological world.
The Great Interchange
The formation of this land bridge allowed for a massive exchange of species between North and South America. Visitors will be greeted by a stampede of animal sculptures representing 72 of the species that first crossed our isthmus as early as 3 million years ago.
The Human Footprint
Humans are an integral part of nature. In a partially outdoor setting, sixteen columns will tell the story of humans who have lived on the isthmus and their interactions with Panama's nature over time.
For more information on how to visit the museum during our pre-opening period, go to: www.biomuseopanama.org
The ticket booth closes 30 minutes before the museum's closing time.
Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Panamanians and Permanent Residents
Adults: $ 12.00
Senior citizens, students, and minors (under 18): $ 6.00
Adults: $ 22.00
Students and minors (under 18): $ 11.00
Amador Causeway, just after the Plaza de las Banderas.
Parking lots are in front of the former Club de Oﬁciales.