The Biomuseum, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, will open its doors during the summer of 2013 in Panama City, offering a unique experience that weaves scientific knowledge and artistic creation to enlighten visitor as to the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama.
The Biomuseo will reinforce the importance of biodiversity and conservation, in its 4 million square feet and eight showrooms. Its various facilities will show the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama, and will explain how that geophysical event changed the global climate and affected biodiversity, making the Caribbean a closed sea.
This will be Gehry's first work in Latin America and will feature a unique architecture, designed with brightly colored roofs in aluminum and stainless steel. The museum will be located on Calzada de Amador, a few blocks away from the main cruise ship port in Panama and a few minutes away from the Soberanía National Park. The latter is internationally characterized as a tropical rain forest which has a rich flora and fauna, more than 1,300 plants, and 100 animals, mostly birds.
The Biomuseo consists of eight galleries which, in chronological order, narrate the story of Panama as a primordial bridge for migrating biodiversity. The galleries are as follow: The Gallery of Biodiversity (highlights the importance of biodiversity and its current state), Panamarama (a three-floored screening area with 14 surround screens), The Bridge Emerges (illustrates the geological formation process of the Isthmus) The Great Exchange (97 full-scale sculptures of the megafauna that crossed the isthmus 3 million years ago) The Human Footprint (illustrates 15,000 years of human culture in the isthmus), Oceans Divided (two aquariums, representing the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean), The Living Network, and ultimately, the gallery Panama is the Museum.