El Museo de la Libertad y los Derechos Humanos, or the Museum of Freedom and Human Rights in English, is one of Panama’s newest museums, inaugurated on May 21, 2019.
The Museum of Freedom and Human Rights was born from the conviction, “We are all called upon to defend human rights.” The Museum is a space where both the evolution and regression of Panama’s freedom, human rights and democracy, from before the republican era to the contemporary era, will be objectively documented and exhibited.
The Museum of Freedom and Human Rights will contribute to the greater knowledge of Panama’s democratic history, including its setbacks, achievements and challenges. Additionally, it will be a space to foster knowledge and awareness of freedom and human rights around the globe, in terms of the observance and promotion of globally accepted principles and values, both present and in the past.
Objectives of Panama’s Museo de la Libertad y los Derechos Humanos
The museum has two primary objectives:
- Looking to the past, to make a historical rescue of facts and events that should not be forgotten.
- Looking to the future, to teach and raise awareness around fundamental freedoms and human rights in Panama and the world, to promote their defense and to strengthen the democratic culture.
Exhibitions at Panama’s Museo de la Libertad y los Derechos Humanos
Human Rights: yours, mine, universal
The Equality Building is the Museum of Freedom and Human Rights’s inaugural exhibition. The Equality Building exhibition outlines the history of the recognition and ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Panama’s participation in the process.
The Equality Building’s objective is to raise awareness and inspire visitors with illustrative cases, both national and international, of the expression and repression of these universal rights.
Panama’s Historic Memory
The Memory Building Exhibition is the Museum of Freedom and Human Rights’s central exhibition, which features Panama’s historical memory from the republican period to now. It illustrates key facts around important historical moments, such as the country’s independence, the military dictatorship, the 1989 invasion and the daily struggles for a representative democracy.
Thanks to a collaboration with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Memory Building Exhibition will present a regional approach documenting illustrative cases that safeguard human rights.
Never Forget: the Holocaust and Nazi persecution during World War II.
The history of what happened to the Jewish people, disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, political opponents and other victims during the Second World War is known. The Tolerance Building presents the historical journey of what happened in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, seeking to encourage moral and educational values through this atrocity of the last century.
World Alert: Genocides of the 20th and 21st Centuries
During the 2Oth and 21st centuries we have witnessed atrocities and massacres; among them, genocides that have attempted to destroy the existence of specific groups of people. Historical and contemporary examples review extreme human cruelty and explore the definition of a genocide, warning signs and those situations that lead to inhumanities and exterminations.
The Tolerance Building explores and documents these terrible events, sending a message of hope, morals and education to future generations.
Location and Hours of Museo de la Libertad y los Derechos Humanos
Tuesday – Friday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday: 9:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm