Biomuseo (Museo de la Biodiversidad)

  • ADDRESS: Amador Causeway, edificio 136, Calzada de Amador, Apartado 0843-02931, Amador, Panamá - Report a Problem
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Venue Description: Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo is his only work in Latin America and the tropics. 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 Biomuseo’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 cafe, and multiple outdoor exhibits displayed in the botanical park.
The permanent exhibition is a combination of art and science that leads the visitor to experience a marvelous phenomenon.

Frank Gehry is one of the most important architects in the contemporary world. The Disney Concert Hall, the Experience Music Project, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao are among his most notable works.

The Biomuseo is located on the Amador Causeway, a prominent area at the entrance to the Panama Canal in the Pacific Ocean. From the Biomuseo one can clearly observe the skyline of the modern city, the historic district, Ancon Hill, and the Bridge of the Americas. This unique area was restricted to Panamanians during the days of the former US-controlled Canal Zone.

The Biomuseo’s permanent exhibition is titled Panama: Bridge of Life. Eight galleries and eight "devices of wonder" tell us about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet’s biodiversity. These galleries were conceived by Canadian designer Bruce Mau, founder of the Institute Without Boundaries.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Biodiversity Park will be a living extension of the museum’s architecture, exhibits, and programs.  An oasis with diverse experiences: shade and refuge, a safe place to observe nature, a place to learn, and a place to celebrate.

A selection of endemic and native plants will continue to tell the stories that began on the central exhibition’s route. Each plant will be chosen for its natural beauty, its adaptability to the site and the story it tells us, whether it's about Panama's biodiversity, its food, housing, symbiotic relations, fruits or flowers.

Eight stations throughout the park will present eight central concepts. The location of each station will correspond to its message, while also providing a shady place to relax, observe, and learn.

The Park will be midway between nature and artifice. Simple and powerful combinations of textures and colors will highlight the inherent beauty of the Panamanian species and these, in turn, will provide home for wildlife.
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