The Hidden Panama Canal Museum in Casco Viejo

Museo del canal Interoceanico de Panama. The Panama Canal Museum in Casco Viejo

Over the weekend my wife and I decided we would go to the Panama Canal Museum in Casco Viejo. To be honest I never knew it was there until Anabell told me about it. This museum was hiding in plain site! How did I miss this gem? I have walked by it a hundred times. The museum is located in the, “Plaza of the Cathedral”.

The Panama Canal Museum at Casco Viejo

Anabell Hilarski standing next the Lighthouse Lamp in the Panama Canal Museum lobby.

The museum is housed in the beautifully restored “French Canal Company” building. For those that do not know, it was the French who first tried to build a canal across the isthmus of Panama. After the French left the building it housed the “U.S. Isthmian Canal Commission offices” until 1912 when it was transformed into the main post office. Today it is a stunning reminder of the work that went into building the Panama Canal and the struggle of a proud country fighting for its identity.

If you do not take the time to visit this museum you are doing yourself a disservice. I think it is easy to overlook this museum because it is not as well known as the much more popular, “Panama Canal History Museum” located at the Miraflores locks. The Panama Canal Museum is also sign posted 100% in Spanish. Translators are available if you would like.

The staff at the Panama Canal Museum were wonderful. They were all smiles and really seemed to be proud to work at the museum. One thing that you can not do at the Panama Canal Museum is take pictures. Don’t try, the security offers are stationed in each room to make sure you are at your best behavior. I must admit that the gold and silver coins were quite tempting!

If pictures are what you want make sure to take one with the giant lighthouse lamp. It is a stunning piece of the original canal sitting in the lobby.

Take a day and enjoy Casco Viejo. The Panama Canal Museum will only take up 1-2 hours of your day. I recommend going after lunch when the sun is at its peak. The nicely air conditioned museum will be a wonderful respite from the heat. The cost is only $2.00 per person. The Panama Canal Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday 9:30-5:00.

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Randy Hilarski is an entrepreneur who moved to Panama where he saw opportunity and growth. Panama has been an opportunity of a lifetime with excitement at every turn. Choosing to be an expat was an easy choice for Randy. The world is changing and he wanted to be part of it. Native of Rochester, NY he spent his first eighteen years there before deciding to join the US Navy after graduating High School. The Navy took him on an eight year journey around the world where he worked as a Corpsman/Nurse. The Navy taught him to survive in foreign lands and adapt to other cultures. After leaving the Navy he spent time in school, working in sales and working in psychiatry. Helping others has always driven Randy to learn more and more about people, culture and what drives them. Randy has lived all over the USA, in Italy and Ethiopia and while serving in the US Navy spent time in many exotic locations around the world. Some of his interests include internet marketing, writing, social media, travel, metals, investing, sustainable agriculture and culture.
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