Three million years of natural wonders in a museum by Frank Gehry.
Last week, we introduced you to Frank Gehry’s latest feat, the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Since we really can’t get enough of his impressive buildings, let’s visit another very recent work of his, the newly opened Biomuseo in Panama. It’s the architect’s only work in Latin America and the tropics, and it’s a colorful feast for the eyes.
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 you can clearly observe the skyline of the 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.
This is not an art museum. Instead, Biomuseo’s permanent exhibition is titled ‘Panama: Bridge of Life’. Eight galleries and eight ‘devices of wonder’ tell visitors 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. Expect lots of fascinating insights into the fauna and flora of Panama, as well as stories from three million years of this tiny strip of land that changed the whole planet.
Click through the gallery to see more pictures of the place.
Biomuseo Panama // Amador Causeway // Mon & Wed-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat/Sun 10am-5pm // Admission $12 for locals, $22 for visitors // website