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The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is now open for research. Our facilities are available with capacity limitations to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. All scientific visitors will need to register through the Visitor Services Office (VSO) before planning travel.If you are an academic or public program partner interested in resuming courses or field trips to a STRI facility, please submit your request via the VSO.

We are working with our partners to ensure that courses and field trips to STRI facilities can resume safely.

General public visits to Punta Culebra Nature Center, Barro Colorado Island, Galeta Marine Station and Bocas del Toro facility will resume at a future date. Please continue to check this website for further updates.

    Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
    Luis Clement Avenue, Bldg. 401 Tupper
    Balboa Ancon
    Panama, Republic of Panama
    Phone number
    Main switchboard: +507 212.8000
    Fax: +507 212.8148
    Mailing Address
    Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
    Apartado Postal 0843-03092
    Panamá, República de Panamá
    Washington DC. Offices
    For all mail:
    Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
    P.O. Box 37012, MRC 705
    Washington, DC 20013-7012
    For courier-delivery only:
    Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
    1100 Jefferson Drive, Suite 3123, MRC 705
    Washington, DC 20013-7012 USA

Media, public relations and outreach programs.

For reservations or information:

Visitor Services Office

Our team is here to help you with your logistics and administrative needs so you can focus on your research.

Scientific Permits Office

Our Scientific Permits Office handles all permits related to your research that are required by the government of Panama and the Smithsonian Institution.

    Juan Maté
    Manager for Scientific Affairs and Operations
    Alejandro Arze
    Director, Office of Protection Services
    Rodrigo Ramírez-Blásquez
    Associate Director for Legal and External Affairs
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