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 Biomuseum, created for everyone as a center of attraction, 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 exhibition. 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 joined and lead to 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: Departing the tectonic formation, the gallery opens dramatically to reveal a stampede of animal sculptures of all shapes and sizes that runs both towards and away from the vantage point of the visitors. At the very top, birds fly around a skylight, while the curved panoramic walls are covered with mosaics of plants and insects.
The Web of Life: Shapes that roll and fold up, slightly familiar but on an enormous scale, extend out to the very end 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: What is really astonishing is a pair of two story tall semi-cylindrical aquariums. 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 environments. Scuba divers will be able to dive into the tanks to give live presentations.
Panama is the Museum: Here museum visitors 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 an open and bright space enveloped in light, color and texture, that creates an excess of information for visitors.
From 12:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
At 1:00 pm a construction tour. It is advisable to wear long pants and tennis shoes to enter.
Important: the entrance to the under 18 not permitted
At 2:00 pm a presentation on “How Panama Changed the World”.
Important note: if you log-in on the website, no entrance fee is charged.
Senior citizens, students (present student ID) and children pay only B/.1.00
Friends of the Biomuseum enter free of charge.
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 eight 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 will be the funnest place in Panama to learn about biodiversity
• Become a Founding Friend of the Biomuseum and form part of a historic project
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