Museum of Contemporary Art


The Panamanian Institute of Art was founded in 1962 as a nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting the acquisition, conservation, investigation and dissemination of Latin American works of art, with an emphasis on nationally-produced art. In 1983 it was renamed the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC).

Currently it is the only museum in Panama that specializes in contemporary art and with the most important heritage of artwork by Panamanian artists of our era.

The museum is a private entity whose operation is supported and sponsored by enterprises and art aficionados.


Consisting of some 650 works of art, the MAC collection contains artwork dated from before 1962, allowing a comprehensive overview of all the styles in the twentieth century. The collection includes a full range of techniques, from painting, sculpture, graphics and photography to the most recent installations and videos. It features artwork by prominent artists, both Panamanian and Latin American.

Activities for all ages

In addition to exhibitions of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of national and international artwork, the museum offers guided tours for school groups, seminars on art appreciation and history and educational workshops and classes on graphics, drawing and painting. The MAC also has a gift shop and a framing workshop.

Permanent Collection

  • Most exhaustive collection of artwork by Panamanian artists
  • Coverage from 20th century to today
  • Artwork by renowned international artists
  • Historical archives of Panamanian art

Visit Us

San Blas Street and Avenue of the Martyrs (Ancón)

Phone: 262-8012 / 262-3380 Fax: 262-3376

Opening Hours:

Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed on Mondays and national holidays.


Adults $5.00

Students and senior citizens $3.00

Children $2.00

Discount for Panamanian citizens:

Adults $3.00

Students and senior citizens $2.00

Children $1.00


The MAC website will soon incorporate the COLART database, which will allow visitors from anywhere in the world to view all of the artwork in the museum's collection.