Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Puenta Culebra)

The Punta Culebra Nature Centre is a non-profit initiative of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institure that relies on the support of the Smithsonian Foundation of Panama and international institutions. Here you can visit an open-air museum focusing mainly on marine science and education, conservation and interpretation of marine coastal environments.

At the centre individuals can increase their awareness and appreciation of coastal and marine environments in Panama and nearby regions of South and Central America. The aim is to increase public understanding of Panama ’s past and present coastal environments, promoting their conservation. It is also meant to show how scientific discoveries improve our understanding and deepen our appreciation of the natural world.

With breathtaking views of the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, the Marine Exhibition Center of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is located at Punta Culebra, approximately 3.5 km from the entrance to the Calzada de Amador and 15 minutes from the heart of Panama City. The area has great natural wealth and the appropriate infrastructure so that locals and foreigners of all ages can take part in an enriching experience, as they enjoy the scenic views.

Punta Culebra


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