This architectural jewel is located in Panama City, Panama, on The Amador Causeway. It is really a beautiful and cultural place that you can enjoy with your family or friends. On your way to the museum, you are going to hear the peaceful sound of the ocean that is at both sides of the road.
This is the first Bio museum in Latin America, created in the 21st century; it’s an awesome natural science museum you should probably want to visit if you ever come to Panama. The amazing architecture was the work of Frank Gehry, a Canadian. The building was designed to tell the story of how the Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, uniting two continents, separating a vast ocean in two, and changing the planet’s biodiversity forever.The Bio museum’s 4,000 square meters contain eight permanent exhibition galleries designed by Bruce Mau Design.
In addition to the main spaces, the museum includes a public atrium, a space for temporary exhibitions, a shop, a café and multiple outdoor exhibits displayed in the botanical park. There’s a selection of endemic and native plants, each one is selected by their natural beauty and the history that each plant brings.
The permanent exhibition is a combination of art and science that leads the visitor to experience a marvelous phenomenon where he is learning and having fun.
Some of the exhibitions that you can see in the Museum are:
GALLERY OF BIODIVERSITY
There is an incredible abundance and variety of life on Earth. The visitor is greeted with a huge multicolored stained glass, fourteen meters long and eight meters high, representing the explosion of life in Panama.
We live surrounded by a vast amount of living beings and communities. A three-story projection space with ten screens will immerse the visitor in an audiovisual rendering of the natural marvels that compose all of Panama’s ecosystems.
BUILDING THE BRIDGE
Panama is a living bridge that emerged from the sea three million years ago. The tectonic forces inside the Earth that formed the isthmus are represented by three rock formations, fourteen-meters high, in a space full of tactile and physical encounters with the geological world.
The closure of the isthmus of Panama generated a great exchange of species between North and South America, two land masses that had been separated for 70 million years. The visitor is received by two animal stampedes representing the megafauna that began this unique journey almost three million years ago.
THE HUMAN PATH
Human beings are an integral part of nature. In a partially open-air space, sixteen columns provide information on the relations between human activity and nature in Panama 15,000 years ago — the estimated date when the first settlers arrived to the isthmus — to the present.
When Panama emerged, two very different oceans were formed, changing life all over the planet. Two 10-meter high, semi-cylindrical aquariums will show how the Pacific and the Caribbean evolved in drastically different ways after being separated by the creation of the isthmus.
THE LIVING WEB
To demonstrate how living things need and compete with each other in complex and often invisible ways, a huge sculpture — equal parts plant, animal, insect, and microorganism — will immerse the visitor in a dimension where all living things are just as important.
PANAMA IS THE MUSEUM
The biggest wonders await the visitor outside the museum. Panels and displays show the relations between Panama’s biodiversity and the world, and offer access to a virtual network linking the museum with the rest of the country.
Also The Casco Antiguo and El Cerro Ancon, also historical places of Panama, are highly recommended to get to know when you visit this stunning country and they are near El Amador Causeway.