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One of the most remarkable landmarks in Panama is the Biomuseum located on the Amador Causeway. Designed by Frank O. Gehry, named the most important architect of our times by Vanity Fair magazine, its colored roofs and irregular silhouette areintended to be a representation of the natural forces that form the world. Landscape artist Edwina von Gal, and renowned artist Richard Serra designed the two hectare botanical park that will surround the main buildings
The Biomuseum tells the story of Panama’s biological diversity and its importance in the earth’s history. Three million years ago, when the isthmus of Panama was formed, the course of was changed dramatically. The division of the oceans and the ecosystems that consequently appeared due to the ‘Panama effect’ created the important Gulf current, which altered the climate in Africa where early humans had to adapt. Adjusting their lifestyle was crucial for survival, and the most significant change was that mothers carried their young on their backs, giving them the opportunity to develop their brains 50 percent more, an evolution which gradually gave way to Homo Sapiens. Thus, Dr. Steven Stanley, author of “Sons of the Ice Age”, concludes that “we are all Panamanians”.
The Museum will have eight permanent galleries each of which will tell a story that combines art and science to explain scientific concepts.
The Biomuseum offers free programs to teach more about the museum and offers visits to the construction site. To reserve a space, visit www.biomuseopanama.org or call 314-1877.