A Stunning Visitor Center: the Frank Gehry Biomuseum

Renowned for its design and strategic location, we can enjoy the Biomuseum. This internationally recognized site has been heavily visited in the first phase of construction. It will offer its visitors a colorful journey through each of the galleries that represent a fundamental basis of the biodiversity on our isthmus. The museum meets the need to raise ecological awareness and create environmental values based on what our natural environment gives us, an unparalleled abundance of life.

The Bridge of Life building will be located in the Amador area of Panama City, at the end of a causeway at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. This privileged location is only blocks away from the Flamenco Yacht Club and Marina port, and is just minutes from the National Sovereignty Park.

The prestigios architect Frank Gehry designed the Biomuseum, or Museum of Biodiversity, to show visitors the geological events that birthed the Isthmus of Panama when it arose from the bottom of the oceans to connect the North and South American continents.

The Biomuseum building, remarkable for its design and bright colors, is located at the entrance to the Amador Causeway. Visitors from all over will be drawn to one of the few interactive museums in the area, where a tour of the seven halls will guide them through time.

The Biomuseum, an attraction created for everyone, offers the following exhibitions: 

Biodiversity Gallery, Panamarama, The Bridge Appears, The Great Interchange, The Web of Life, Divided Oceans, and Panama is the Museum.

Biodiversity Gallery: The first exhibition gallery provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts, as well as the focus of the museum design. It is both a trail and a exhibition at the same time. Visitors are introduced to the project of Natural Science.

Panamarama: At the end of the Biodiversity Gallery there is an acoustic passageway that blocks the light and leads to a three-stories high projection space with 14 screens. Visitors walk over a glass floor and are immersed in an audiovisual presentation of the natural wonders of Panama, from the depths of its oceans up to its montane cloud forests.

The Bridge Appears: The Earth's forces that brought about the formation of the isthmus are shown in a tangible and vigorous way. Three compositions of rock that are 14 meters high explode upwards towards an uneven roof. Each composition consists of probing samples that were collected across the Isthmus and that vividly describe the hidden forces of subduction, volcanism, and sedimentation that united to create the isthmus.

The Great Interchange: Upon exiting the tectonic formation, the gallery spectacularly opens up to reveal a stampede of sculpted animals in all shapes and sizes that run both towards and away from the visitors. The curved panoramic walls are covered with mosaics of plants and insects. At the very top, birds fly around a skylight.

The Web of Life: Shapes that roll and fold up, slightly familiar but on an enormous scale, extend out to the very edges of the Divided Oceans gallery. This is the visitor's introduction to the Web of Life, a gallery where the pyramid of life is inverted and humans are at the bottom.

Divided Oceans: A pair of two-story tall semi-cylindrical aquariums will astonish visitors. The environments of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea are designed within each tank to dramatically display the divergent aquatic environments. Species of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, and plants have been selected to clearly demonstrate the differences between the two marine ecosystems. Scuba divers will be able to dive into the tanks to give live presentations.

Panama is the Museum: Here museum-goers are encouraged to explore the relationship between Panama and the world, using interactive information, live reactions, and connections to virtual and physical environments. The exhibition is in an open space enveloped in bright lights, colors, and textures that overwhelms the senses..

Opening Hours

Museum is open from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

1:00 p.m.: Tour of museum area still under construction. Long pants and closed-toe shoes reccommended. Important: children under 18 are not permitted.

2:00 p.m.: Presentation on “How Panama Changed the World”.

Admission

Adults B/.2.00

Senior citizens, students (present student ID), and children pay only B/.1.00

Friends of the Biomuseum enter free of charge.

Important note: if you log-in on the website, no entrance fee is charged.

What I can do at the Visitor Center?

  • See what the final design of the Biomuseum will look like from Frank Gehry's scale models
  • Discover what each of the 7 galleries will be like
  • Take a survey on the gallery designs to help us create a better Biomuseum for everyone
  • Support the Biomuseum's educational and cultural programs by purchasing books, graphic information, calendars, and souvenirs
  • Show your friends, family, and visitors where the funnest place in Panama will be to learn about biodiversity
  • Join the Biomuseum as a Founding Friend and become part of a historic project

Contact

 www.biomuseopanama.org

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