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Museum & Reseach Institutes

In Costa Rica & Panama a great deal of research is done in tropical agricultre, biodiversity and conservation,  so you are in the right countries to learn about these topics. Furthermore, in Panama City there is a rich variety of museums where you can learn about the Panama Canal and the AfroAntillian Culture. The Gold and Jade museums are among several that can be found in San Jose, just a day trip away from Turrialba.



  • Free Volunteer Work in C.A.T.I.E
  • Visit the Smithsonian Institute in Bocas
  • Biomuseum of Panama City
  • Biomuseum - Panama City
  • Wonders of the underworld video Biomusem - Panama City
  • Ruins of Panama Viejo - former Panama City
  • Raw and Natural Beauty - Costa Rica
  • Learn about plants, trees, fruits and flowers in C.A.T.I.E - Turrialba

Locations for Museum & Reseach Institutes

Museum & Reseach Institutes in Turrialba

C.A.T.I.E. stands for "Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza" and a tour can be enjoyed in the Botanical Garden where you will not only see a large collection of plants and trees from different parts of the world, but also learn about the important ongoing investigations at this influential center.
2 hour tour ; transport not included.

$ 25 - Booking & prices

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Museum & Reseach Institutes in Panama City

The Miraflores Visitors Center next to the Panama Canal has a four-floor interactive museum and several viewing platforms. Entrance fee $15.

The Biomuseo holds eight galleries telling us about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet’s biodiversity. Entrance fee $25.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm • Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

The Interoceanic Canal Museum is a non-profit and public museum located in Casco Viejo. Established in 1997, the museum is devoted to the history of the construction of the Panama Canal in its various stages. This includes the first construction attempt by France, the later construction by the United States and also the eventual transfer to Panamanian control. Entrance fee $2.

The Afro-Antillian Musem is dedicated to the preservation of the history and culture of Panama’s large West Indian population. You will find photographs, tools and furniture that will give you a good idea of the working and living conditions of black canal-workers. Sunday closed. Entrance fee $10.

The Panama Viejo Museumis located a few miles from downtown. It is the location of the famous ruins of the former capital of Panama and offers you an amazing display of the country’s rich and vibrant history. Entrance fee $2.

$ - Booking & prices

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Museum & Reseach Institutes in Bocas del Toro

The Smithsonian Institute at Bocas del Toro's main island is a site for education and research, providing scientists and students with access to an extraordinary diversity of marine and terrestrial biology. This station is situated among areas of undisturbed forest and a remarkable coastal lagoon. On Thursday afternoons at 3 pm you can enjoy a free tour through the grounds!

$ 5 - Booking & prices

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