Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Panama City

BioMuseo

Celebrating Panama as the land bridge that has permitted astonishing biodiversity in the region, this museum is a visual feast. World-renowned architect Frank Gehry, who created the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (Spai…
Top Choice Museum in Panama City

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

This wonderful privately owned museum features the best collection of Panamanian art anywhere, an excellent collection of works on paper by Latin American artists, and the occasional temporary exhibition by a foreig…
Ruins in Panama City

Panamá Viejo

Founded on August 15, 1519, by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias de Ávila, the city of Panamá was the first European settlement along the Pacific. For 150 years it flourished as Spain exported Peruvian gold and silve…
Plaza in Panama City

Plaza de Francia

At the tip of the southern point of Casco Viejo, this beautiful plaza pays homage to the French role in the construction of the canal. Its large stone tablets and statues are dedicated to the memory of the 22,000 wo…
Church in Panama City

Iglesia de San José

This Casco Viejo church protects the famous Altar de Oro (Golden Altar), the sole relic salvaged after privateer Henry Morgan sacked Panamá Viejo.
Cathedral in Panama City

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Built between 1619 and 1626, this cathedral is the best-preserved building of the Panamá Viejo ruins. In traditional fashion, it was designed so that its two side chapels gave the cathedral a cross-like shape when v…
Museum in Panama City

Museo del Canal Interoceánico

This impressive museum is housed in a beautifully restored building that once served as the headquarters for the original French canal company. The Panama Canal Museum (as it’s more commonly known) presents excellen…
Theater in Panama City

Teatro Nacional

Built in 1907, the interior of this ornate Casco Viejo theater has been completely restored. It boasts red and gold decorations, a once-magnificent ceiling mural by Roberto Lewis (one of Panama’s finest painters) an…
Tower in Panama City

Canopy Crane

Scientists set up this research crane to study the Parque Metropolitano forest canopy, a complete ecosystem 30m to 50m up from the ground. It was off-limits to the public, but now tour operators take tourists up to …
Bridge in Panama City

Puente del Rey

Built in 1617, this Panamà Viejo landmark may be the oldest standing bridge in the Americas.