Your Visit

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Note: 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 scientific 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 the Punta Galeta Marine Laboratory and the Bocas del Toro Research Station will resume at a future date. Please continue to check this website for further updates.

Type of Visitor Days open Hours
General Public Thursday-Friday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
School Groups By reservation  



Most of the buildings at the research station are wheelchair accessible but not all paths between the buildings are.


Please read our brief list of policies before visiting the station.

Safety and Security

Please take a look at our essential safety and security information.

Getting here

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Our location

The station is located just outside of Bocas Town on Isla Colón, in the western Panamanian province of Bocas Del Toro. The station is on the island’s narrow isthmus, 2.4 km from the airport.

Bocas Laboratories

Bocas del Toro Site Map

Bocas Directional map

Directional map

Contact Us

Office hours

Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


+507 212-8000
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