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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.

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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

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