Museum of Panama City

The Museum of Panama City has become an integral component of Panama City’s 500 year celebration on August 15, 2019. The Museum of Panama City is an initiative that seeks to present public spaces as itinerant exhibition halls, with the aim of encouraging dialogue among visitors.

Museum of Panama City MUCPA

This new cultural space will be an institution that is relevant, useful and close to people so that they can create content for exhibitions, propose activities and share with others. The Museum of Panama City (MUCPA) proposes to include the voices of citizens and residents as the main actors in the shaping of Panama City’s history. In order to achieve this, the Museum of Panama City will focus on inclusion, where over 600 people have participated to date. 

Museum of Panama City Location

The Museum of Panama City, including its exhibitions, activities and programs, intends to become an agent of change to generate a new way of perceiving Panama City. 

The museum will be simultaneously located in the following places. Get a detailed map here.

  • Avenida Ecuador
  • Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas para Estudios de la Salud
  • Casa Museo del Banco Nacional
  • Archivos Nacionales
  • Avenida Central
  • Ruta del 9 de Enero
  • Plaza Belisario Porras
  • Teatro Gladys Vidal y Edificio Hatillo

Museum of Panama City Exhibits

  1. To the sounds of coconuts: Urbanism in Panama City (A la bulla de los cocos: Urbanismo de la ciudad de Panamá)
    • Location: National Archive (Archivo Nacional). See map here.
    • Subject: Urbanism and cartography
    • Synopsis: Panama City is perceived as chaotic, disorderly and, to a certain extent, aggressive. However, looking back, it was not always like this. Check out the National Archive to learn more about the problems that a city can face once it stops worrying about growth and structure, as well as what’s being done to mitigate the current problems and those that climate change will bring in the following years.
    • Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  2. This is how the City was (Así fue la Ciudad)
    • Location: House of the Municipality (San Felipe). See map here.
    • Subject: Photography
    • Synopsis: Casco Viejo is known today for its beautifully restored buildings, delicious restaurants and trendy rooftop bars offering spectacular views of Panama City. However, at the end of the 19th century, before the arrival of the Universal Company of the Panama Interoceanic Canal (1882), the panorama was very different. At that time, thousands of travelers were crossing the isthmus headed for San Francisco, hoping to strike it rich, leaving behind written and photographic accounts of Panama City. One such account is that of Eadweard Muybridge, famous for his research and techniques on photographing movement.
    • Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  3. Imagining the City (Imaginando la Ciudad)
    • Location: Gladys Vidal Theater. See map here.
    • Subject: Film
    • Synopsis: Is it possible to analyze a society of a certain era through film? With this exhibition + film series, visitors can explore the last 115 years of audiovisual productions in Panama City to see how the urban landscape and imagery in films have changed. 
    • Date: Screenings every Thursday from June to December at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  4. Empowered Women (Empoderadas)
    • Location: Giant prints on several buildings’ exteriors in Calidonia. See map here.
    • Subject: Women
    • Synopsis: Many women have suffered, and currently suffer, a tangible difference in roles, functions, obligations and rights with respect to men. This discrimination limits or completely voids their independence and autonomy. This exhibition challenges the observer’s preconceptions about the work that a woman can or cannot do. Who said they were the weaker sex?
    • Date: June 2019
  5. Trans-Isthmic route (Ruta transístmica)
    • Location: Virtual reality goggles located in the Cuchilla de Calidonia (see map here) and the Remón Cantera Park.
    • Subject: Historic paths
    • Synopsis:  Since its founding, Panama City has been a strategic actor on the global political stage. This exhibition highlights Panama’s role as a commercial route and what it looked like during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
      Date: August 2019
  6. January 9, 1964: Road to sovereignty (El 9 de enero de 1964: camino a la soberanía)
    • Location: Travel from the National Institute (see map here), passing through Gorgas Street (see map here) to the Ascanio Arosemena training center in Balboa (see map here).
    • Subject: Civic responsibility
    • Synopsis: Download the Museum of Panama City’s audio guides and relive the afternoon of January 9, 1964, during which a group of students decided to peacefully march towards the former Canal Zone and request that US authorities raise the Panamanian flag in accordance with the agreements signed between the United States and Panama. The students were greeted by an amped-up crowd that started to push and shove. The Panamanian flag was torn in the midst of the brawl, unleashing a wave of violence that ended in an armed confrontation between civilians and the military, as well as the subsequent breakdown of diplomatic relations between Panama and the United States.
    • Date: August 2019
  7. The culture to the street (La cultura a la calle)
    • Location: Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies, Justo Arosemana Avenue, in front of the Hatillo Building. See map here.
    • Subject: Panama City cultural heritage
    • Synopsis: Through cultural manifestations, people can express where we come from, who we are or to which group we belong. However, the absence of cultural criteria in public policies of the State contributes to the destruction of cultural heritage. This exhibition will explore the cultural manifestations of Panama City’s residential communities, where we’ll realize that, in the end, we are all culture.
    • Date: September 2019
  8. Architectural Styles of the 20th Century (Estilos arquitectónicos del siglo XX)
    • Location: Various buildings in Calidonia (see map here) and Bella Vista (see map here).
    • Subject: Architecture
    • Synopsis: After four centuries of colonial architecture, the twentieth century represents a fracture in Panama City’s architectural history due to its integration of current international trends. In this exhibition, you will visit the city and get to know firsthand what are the aspects that differentiate one style from the other.
    • Date: September 2019
  9. Memories of the City (Memorias de la Ciudad)
    • Location: Avenida Ecuador. See map here.
    • Subject: Oral history
    • Synopsis: This exhibition features Panama City’s oral tradition through residents’ telling of their daily experiences.
    • Date: September 2019
  10. Panamanian style: Interpersonal stories (A lo panameño: historias interpersonales)
    • Location: National Bank House Museum
    • Subject: Art
    • Synopsis: This exhibition will explore a selection of stories that reflect interpersonal relationships throughout the centuries, featuring the voices of curators, emerging artists and members of the San Miguel community in Calidonia.
    • Date: October 2019
    • Hours: Monday through Friday.- 8 am to 4 pm