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Panamanian Passages

October 14, 2009 – May 31, 2010

Museum: Ripley Center

Location: Concourse, Sublevel 3

This bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibition traces Panama's human and natural history since the rise of the isthmus over 3 million years ago -- beginning with the isthmus' ancient geological history and culminating with the expansion of a Panama Canal and its challenges for the future -- and highlights key chapters in Panamanian history from early indigenous settlement to Panama's 20th-century struggle for sovereignty.

Audio and video components

Native plants in the planters

Organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and the Smithsonian Affiliate Museo del Canal Interoceanico de Panama