Did you know that the isthmus now known as Panama was formed relatively recently in geologic time—and emerged, quite literally, to change the world? To learn more about Panama’s unique impact on the world’s biodiversity, as well as the country’s commitment to protecting the environment, make sure you make a stop at Biomuseo. The striking and colorful geometric building was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the mastermind behind iconic buildings around the world such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris. When you visit The Biomuseo, you’ll get to see Gehry’s first design in Latin America.
Inside the space, you’ll find 8 galleries: ‘The Showcase of Biodiversity’; ‘The Panamarama’—a 3-level projection of Panama’s ecosystems; ‘Building the Bridge’, which explains how Panama was formed; ‘Worlds Collide’—an exposition on the animals of the region; ‘The Human Path’—where you can learn about the human history of the area; ‘Oceans Divided’—an aquarium; ‘The Living Web’—a 15-meter sculpture; and finally “Panama is the Museum,” an interactive view of the relationship between the cultural and ecological diversity of Panama.
After you check out the permanent and temporary indoor interactive exhibits, venture into the many outdoor spaces such as the Garden of Microdiversity, The Garden of Evolution and The Garden of Crops. While you’re out there, you may even be able to catch a view of ships passing through the Canal and under the Bridge of the Americas.