Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

Top choice in Panama City

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 foreign or national artist.

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1. Museo Afro-Antilleano


The small Afro-Antillean museum has exhibits on the history of Panama’s West Indian community, particularly their work building the railroad and later the…

2. Museo de Ciencias Naturales

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Museo de Ciencias Naturales has sections on geology, paleontology, entomology and marine biology, as well as an impressive display of taxidermy.

3. Casa de la Municipalidad

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This 1881 neoclassical townhouse in Casco Viejo was built on top of the castle gatehouse of the city.

4. American Trade Hall

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Once the headquarters of the First National City Bank of New York, this is where much of the financing of the Panama Canal took place. Today the American…

5. Iglesia de La Merced


An example of the baroque style in Panama, this Casco Viejo church was built in 1673 with a facade transferred from Panamá Viejo.

6. Palacio de las Garzas

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The Palacio de las Garzas is named after the great garzas blancas (white herons) that reside here. The president of Panama lives on the upper floor.

7. Catedral Metropolitana

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The headquarters of the Panama archdiocese. Construction started on this 1796 cathedral in 1688.

8. Panama Canal Murals

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The story of the monumental effort to build the Panama Canal is powerfully depicted in murals by notable artist William B Van Ingen of New York. The…