Canal Museum (Museo de Historia de Panama), Old Quarter.

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Museo del Canal Interoceánico

Panama City

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 excellent exhibits on the famous waterway, framed in their historical and political context. Signs are in Spanish, but English-speaking guides and audio guides (US$5) are available.

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