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Afro-Antillian Museum (Museo Afro Antillano de Panama )

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Address: Calle 24 y Avenida Justo Arosemena | Barrio de Calidonia, Panama City, Panama
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+507 262-5348
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08:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Sat 08:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Open Tuesday-Sunday, this museum pays tribute to the 30,000-plus black West...

Open Tuesday-Sunday, this museum pays tribute to the 30,000-plus black West Indians who made up the vast majority of the Canal’s foreign laborers, many of whom died doing this dangerous work. See reconstructed examples of Afro-Antillanos’ dismal living conditions, photos and artifacts.

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Small Museum a Labor of Love

This small museum has some interesting exhibits in a building that was an old church. Curated by a local group, the museum keeps alive the memory of caribbean people who helped... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2016
dmittleman
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

This small museum has some interesting exhibits in a building that was an old church. Curated by a local group, the museum keeps alive the memory of caribbean people who helped build the Panama canal. Consisting mostly of photographs but also a few room reconstructions, the museum serves an important function and merits a brief stop.

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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Founded in 1985 by Panamanians of Afro-Caribbean descent--SAMAAP (Society of Friends of the West Indian Museum of Panama in Spanish), this low-key museum is very important for preserving the history of the 45,000+ canal builders, the majority of whom came from Caribbean islands in hopes of bettering their lives but instead perished during the construction. If you take the Metro... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

This small museum shed so much little on the contribution of particularly Barbadian and Jamaican people to the creation of the Canal and therefore Panama itself. These are the things that you do not learn in traditional schools. The US went to these islands and contracted with primarily the men, to come to Panama to build the Canal. This museum... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 26 September 2015

We enjoyed visiting this museum. Nice exhibition that could use some work. The history is very interesting, as well as the area.

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Martinique
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Reviewed 4 May 2015

This tiny museum is an old, converted church built by West Indian settlers in the early 20th century. It exhibits show the life of the West Indian community that came to dig the Canal. It shows the lifestyles of these Caribbean settlers and the difficulties that they faced in Panama. An invaluable stop for history lovers in order to get... More 

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

We had the Hop on Hop off Bus ticket and got off the bus at the Ancon Hill the second day. First we visited the Afro-Antillian Museum (Mi Pueblo) below the Ancon Hill. It is quite nice and some local guides are walking around with you for free. We gave him a tip. The entrance fee is very cheap, 1... More 

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 14 October 2014

It is good to see the rest of our history and else! But they may need a help to update it more! This is a place where you have to take your time because it bring you back to the past. More pictures needed! Nice place to visit anyhow!

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Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

As anove - whst happened to the Negative Rebiews ? Are u playing favorites ?? Yelp has been caught pulling positive reviews until one advertises with them ,, Whats up ??

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

It scratches the surface of this very interesting topic with rather mundane photographic wall plaques, several of which I have seen from simple google searches. The building is lovely and deserves its preservation. Really not much to sell, which I think is a lost opportunity. I am not sure what or if any scholarship is associated with this museum. However,... More 

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Chame, Panama
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We brought a large group of guests to the Museum as part of a City Tour. It became apparent that they truly enjoyed their visit to the Museum and several said that we should have spent more time there. The two previous groups we had brought to the Afro-Antillano Museum also enjoyed it tremendously. Quite a learning experience. The Museum... More 

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