A glance into the past

What was once a chapel is today the Afro-Caribbean Museum.

You can be swept back into time once you step into the wooden structure, decorated with stained glass windows.

The museum takes you to the first recorded arrival of Afro-Caribbeans in Panama, whom were hired by Americans to build the canal from 1904 to 1914. Physical exhibition pieces and photos of their clothing and housing depicts how the Afro-Caribbeans lived and worked in that period of time.

Did you know that 31,071 Afro-Caribbeans came to Panama to construct the Panama Canal?

Since 1980, the museum has opened its doors to foreign and national visitors to exhibit the way of life of this ethnicity. The entrance fee is only $0.75 for students and senior citizens, $0.25 for children, and $1.00 for adults.

Within the opening hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. you can immerse yourself in that era.

In celebration of the 99th anniversary of the Panama Canal, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has set up an exhibition within the museum of photographs, artifacts, technology, and raw material being used for the Panama Canal expansion.

The exhibition is titled "Panama Canal: People and Technology in Balance" and demonstrates how human work force is complemented and furthered by technological tools in constructions of this nature.

On exhibition are photographs of the current work being done on the Panama Canal and articles outlining the construction of this engineering marvel from its beginning.

A visit to this museum will surely transport you to a Panama of another time.

Source: www.diaadia.com.pa