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Day 216 of 365 Things To Do in Panama

Day 216 of 365 Things To Do in Panama. Visit the Interior Museums!

Museums are always a great option of things to do and Panama has many.

Check out these three fascinating places.


Opened on January 15, 1959, the Belisario Porras Museum has many items on display, including a magnificent portrait of Belisario Porras done in oils by Juan Manuel Cedeño in 1959. It shows him dressed in a tuxedo and wearing the presidential sash. He was President of the Republic of Panama on three occasions: 1912-1916, 1918-1920 and from 1920-1924. The displays include awards, personal objects, as well as iconography and materials of his most remarkable works made during his presidential administration. The works include the railway construction, Chiriqui Road, buildings for the National Archives, St. Thomas Hospital and many other important projects.


The Museo de la Nacionalidad in Villa de Los Santos is located in old 19th-century mansion. The museum presents national and foreign visitors with pre-Columbian pieces, not only from the region of Azuero but from the different provinces of Panama. It also displays the weapons used by the conquistadors and our indigenous populations. The Nationality Museum in La Villa de Los Santos was founded in the midst of the celebration of independence, during November 10, 1974. This house has had different roles throughout history: you can find documents dating from November 10, 1821, date of the First Cry of Independence of Panama of Spain, as well as letters and documents signed by Simon Bolivar, “The Liberator” of America.


Herrera Museum reconstructs the past of the village of Herrera. It is structured to present rooms and sections providing a step by step tour of this cultural landmark. The ecological corner, at the entrance of the museum, presents environmental samples of the province with different themes, including flora and fauna. An archaeological room called Agustin Ferrari contains prehistoric remains, such as those related to the appearance of man on the isthmus following the chronological sequence of passing through Herrerana land, until the arrival of the Europeans to the region. The Museum of Herrera and the rooms that comprise it, tell the story of a town that has left traces in many stages of history and is a thoroughly established cultural treasure that mirrors the past, present, and future of the region.

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