Biomuseo
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only work in Latin America and the tropics. The building was designed to tell the story of how the isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet's biodiversity forever.
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  • James H
    Forest of Dean, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit!
    An excellent museum. As a visitor to the country, this museum taught us lots about the wildlife in Panama, and gave us a real sense of the countries significance in the world. The exhibits felt very modern, and extremely interactive, with audio booths and lots of videos. We loved it!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Nykei16
    Bridgetown, Barbados285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely Recommend
    This was such a great and interesting way to learn about the history of Panama. I enjoyed it and so did my 7 year old son. The staff were very knowledgeable, pleasant and accommodating. Definitely recommend to visit. We used an Uber to get here from our hotel in the Bella Vista area - reasonably priced and efficient.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 August 2023
  • SilverTraveler2
    Castle Rock, Washington438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the time and money to visit...much more than just a Bio Museum
    Very nice museum to visit when you have about two hrs to spare. Regular price, without any discounts, is $18 for an adult. Includes a panoramic movie presentation, and guides are available in each exhibit to answer questions in English and Spanish. Includes a smaller, but very nice aquarium. Very informative cultural experience also with info on the early native population and early settlements by the Spanish. Small café with good coffee and pastries available at the end as you watch the ships enter and leave the Canal.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Sorina D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum, informative, great views and staff that goes above and beyond to represent their land!
    Kinda small and in places a bit outdated, but overall very informative! Learning about the formation of the land that is today Panama and about how it changed the world’s climate was fascinating. So many interesting things, plus a great park with awesome views! Recommend!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Sue M
    Williamsburg, Virginia1,534 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard to Miss!
    We admired the exterior of the museum as we headed towards the causeway to get to the Fuerte Amador Puerto and as part of our tour of Panama City. You cannot miss this structure since it is so colorful. According to our tour guide, Panamanians are very proud of this museum since Frank Gehry designed the building and the different colors are suppose to represent the diverse population of Panama.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Phillyjanie
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania220 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MUST SEE
    Beautiful museum with detailed and informative exhibits in both English and Spanish. It was incredibly well done but I’d expect no less from the only building in Latin America designed by Frank Gehry. The gardens are also a must!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 January 2024
  • uclatraveler9
    Santa Barbara, California1,309 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic!
    Absolutely fantastic! The museum was incredible. We took our 4 and 1 year olds and they loved it. It's a little pricy but totally worth it. Be warned that they close fairly early in the afternoon! The aquarium section was awesome. We also loved the room that was all about prehistoric animals. The 360 video was also very cool. Their docents were wonderful! They all appeared to be university students, and were clearly passionate about their topics. They were all friendly and did a great job of approaching us to guide us through their section. There is a nice little cafe on site that has pastries, coffee, smoothies, and juice. The bathrooms were well maintained. The museum is stroller accessible.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 January 2024
  • marylandtraveler
    60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic museum
    The Biomuseo is fantastic. Exhibits in the museum explain the natural history of the formation of the isthmus and the impact of eons of geological change on plants and animals in the region. The explanations are lucid and well illustrated with clever and informative displays. Other exhibits show the human history of the settlement of Panama beginning with the first human arrivals and continuing to the present The building itself is beautiful and surrounding gardens are worth their own visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
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Tualie
Varese, Italy1,528 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Remember when opened some years ago, I refused to go because found it excessively expensive the fee of over $25,00 for an adult (almost the same cost for museums in Europe and much more extensive) but now after a few years and out with some friends saying that they dropped the entry costs, we decided have a go, OK let’s contribute to the local economy. But still I think that “discriminating” entry fees for foreigners and locals is not a thing to do if the country “wannabe” at the level of a 1st world nation.

The colourful structure is eye-catching, better from a distance but under the roof, looking at all those concrete and steel (modern jungle resemblance?) well, they will have to keep a close maintenance program because here metals get oxidized pretty fast and some humidity stains are already in some areas...

If have little time (and not into science/history) better don’t go, stay outside, have a picture of this architectural marvel and leave…. If have time and into science/history OK… at the beginning when saw those (probably life size) white plastic animal sculptures I said to myself oh no plastic, but those are depictions of extincted fauna that probably crossed the isthmus… prepare to read, read and read (because lots of information boards), it’s interesting but as wrote at the beginning, depends the visitor…

The flora area outside is nice (direct interaction is always better) small; the aquarium is just OK (can’t be compare to the Georgia or the European ones).

This building is now iconic among others works representing Panama (F&F tower, the Cathedral and the tower of Old Panama because of its historical importance, BBVA now stayed small)
Written 17 May 2020
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gatormotherof2
Washington DC, DC510 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
I was interested in the architectural exterior and spent time and walked around the ground floor where there is a free exhibition. I was less inclined to pay an entrance fee for what appeared to be a “climate change” tongue lashing only to have seen some of the most appalling trash heaps and garbage throughout the city. When the tide is out, what washes up is an epic failure. Just wondering how much this museum cost to construct vs utilizing the “moneys” for cleanup crew at the waters edges? The hypocrisy is painful.
Written 19 March 2023
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Sophie
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The museum was designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry. Its located in Amador Causeway, Panama city. The Biomuseo highlights Panama's natural and cultural history. A one point you can view aa three-level projection with 10 screens featuring Panama's natural wonders.
Written 5 January 2020
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Brian D
Asheville, NC1,741 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited the Biomuseo on our visit to Panama and loved it. The building is a Gehry design and really cool. The museum was also really interesting. If you like to take photos the building offers some great opportunities.
Written 4 January 2020
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SilverTraveler2
Castle Rock, WA438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very nice museum to visit when you have about two hrs to spare. Regular price, without any discounts, is $18 for an adult. Includes a panoramic movie presentation, and guides are available in each exhibit to answer questions in English and Spanish. Includes a smaller, but very nice aquarium. Very informative cultural experience also with info on the early native population and early settlements by the Spanish. Small café with good coffee and pastries available at the end as you watch the ships enter and leave the Canal.
Written 23 August 2023
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Sue M
Williamsburg, VA1,534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We admired the exterior of the museum as we headed towards the causeway to get to the Fuerte Amador Puerto and as part of our tour of Panama City. You cannot miss this structure since it is so colorful. According to our tour guide, Panamanians are very proud of this museum since Frank Gehry designed the building and the different colors are suppose to represent the diverse population of Panama.
Written 6 January 2024
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Explorerlb
Miami, FL23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
There are serious reasons for the location and design of this museum and you learn a lot about the animals, plants and peoples of Panama. Enjoyable and informative. The gardens were in need of some care and attention, but overall a meaningful way to spend a couple hours.
Written 11 October 2022
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Scott
San Francisco, CA6,553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
This is one of the best natural history museums you'll find anywhere in the world. It's filled with English language speaking guides to help you interpret the various displays.

If you want to know how the isthmus of Panama was formed, geologically speaking, you'll get the best lesson imaginable at this museum.

There's even a room with life-size recreations of virtually every animal, bird, and reptile in Panama along with a touch screen system to identify and describe each one.

The building is multicolored, and stands out from tens of miles away. The gardens around the building are beautiful. There is plenty of free parking with guards.

And to my surprise, and Joy, there's a coffee shop with a fantastic view of the bay.
Written 19 December 2022
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Margaret D
Shaker Hts Ohio106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Interesting building houses displays of plant, animal and marine diversity. Displays are interesting and informative. Outside the building itself, there are gardens and ponds that continue the story. A small cafe provides refreshments and a place to rest your feet.
Written 7 March 2020
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uclatraveler9
Santa Barbara, CA1,309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Absolutely fantastic! The museum was incredible. We took our 4 and 1 year olds and they loved it. It's a little pricy but totally worth it. Be warned that they close fairly early in the afternoon!

The aquarium section was awesome. We also loved the room that was all about prehistoric animals. The 360 video was also very cool.

Their docents were wonderful! They all appeared to be university students, and were clearly passionate about their topics. They were all friendly and did a great job of approaching us to guide us through their section.

There is a nice little cafe on site that has pastries, coffee, smoothies, and juice.

The bathrooms were well maintained. The museum is stroller accessible.
Written 11 January 2024
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