Museo Panama Viejo
Museo Panama Viejo
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Mary M
Torquay, UK1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The museum itself was very informative and interesting. Lots of staff but more interested in their phones. Unhelpful and unfriendly
Written 8 March 2024
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panther-ivor
dundee45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Spent couple of hours here on cruise excursion - thought it was really interesting and beautiful place to walk around. Good history lesson in museum and great views from tower
Written 15 February 2024
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Patricia Bissessar
Trinidad23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Quite interesting museum . Well organized , user friendly , lots of interesting artifacts. Loved the interactive feature with respect to replica creation of old Panama city.
It was like taking a journey back in time with stops along the way to explore different events that took place.
Written 15 November 2023
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Zeituni
Jerusalem, Israel1,648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Not too much to show, but a good experience of the early days of Spanish inwasion to Central America
Written 18 January 2022
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WhiteMouseBurrow
Moscow, Russia2,332 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
A small museum of history ... I prefer the story itself ... so I went around the ruins Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
Written 13 March 2020
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Ries P
Panama City, Panama18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This museum explains the history of Panama very well. Explanations in Spanish and English. Nice displays. Museum has a small gift shop and a coffee bar.
Written 29 December 2019
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ctvabeachbm
Panama City, Panama88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
There really isn’t much to see for the price of $15. Views of the city are okay and the ruins are nice to see but it’s pretty lacking. Small museum will take 15-20 minutes.
Written 18 October 2019
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groupwww
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico562 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
A very small exhibition, maybe half a gallery. The best thing to do is walk along the ruins. The museum cafe is a joke, you can wait around for hours and there’s no staff. Overall a very poorly run place.
Written 30 May 2019
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Located just a short walk from the Ascuncion Cathedral, the Panama Viejo museum is a new addition to the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage site. Starting on the second floor, it begins with coverage of the first human settlements in the area around 500AD, including pottery shards and dioramas of daily life. The Spanish presence in the area obviously takes up most of the exhibitions, with military life and daily colonial life being the featured elements. Digital displays, movies reenacting the invasion by Henry Morgan, and life-sized kitchens with complete dining sets share space with a meticulous diorama of the colonial town circa the 16th Century. I spent a little over an hour here and made a quick visit to the small souvenir shop before departure.

In summary, I thought this museum was a hidden gem and added tremendously to my understanding of the ruins (see separate review) I had just toured. English signage was excellent and the layout chronologically made sense. There were several opportunities to visualize Panama Viejo in its heyday, with the diorama and digital recreations. Overall the static archeological finds and modern computerized recreations definitely worked with each reinforcing the other if that makes sense. Moreover, the entire museum can be covered in one to two hours depending on your enthusiasm. An excellent visit and highly recommended.
Written 11 May 2019
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etbtravelphotography
Denver, CO636 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
The ruins are cool. The museum is nice. But it is a bit pricey for what you see. Add in two Uber rides and lots of traffic, I'd only visit if you have nothing else to do as there are other ruins in casco viejo. For pics and more info visit etbtravelphotography
Written 2 March 2019
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