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Nature Center

Amador Causeway, Panama City

Explore and discover
the natural world
through science


Punta Culebra
Seminars & Events

La independencia de Panamá de España en 9 escenas
Friday, January 28 @ 11:00 am

Marixa Lasso, Ph.D., Directora del Centro de Investigaciones Históricas Antropológicas y Culturales AIP.


How does the structural diversity of ecosystems affect the response of intact and degraded tropical forests to climate extremes?
Tuesday, February 01 @ 1:00 pm

Marcos Longo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


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Punta Culebra Nature Center, located at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, is dedicated to exploration and discovery of the natural world through science. The center, visited by more than 70,000 people every year, offers a mix of marine and amphibian exhibits, walking trails, hands-on science activities and recreational spaces, all in a spectacular setting just minutes away from Panama City.

Note: The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute remains closed to all researchers and public visitors to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Smithsonian’s priority is to protect the safety and health of its staff, volunteers and visitors. All general scientific and general public visits to all STRI facilities are suspended until further notice. We thank you for your understanding and please continue to check this website for future updates.
Days Open
(From March to November)
Tuesday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday (and some holidays) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ticket booth closes 1 hour before closing time.
Last tour of the Fabulous Frogs of Panama exhibit is at 4 pm.


Days Open
(December to February)
Tuesday - Sunday (and some holidays) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ticket booth closes 1 hour before closing time.
Last tour of the Fabulous Frogs of Panama exhibit is at 4 pm.

Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Carnaval Tuesday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

General Admission Rates Cost
Residents $4.00
Non-Residents $7.00
Retirees $2.00
Children (under 13) $2.00



Fabulous Frogs of Panama Exhibit

Panama is home to nearly 200 species of amazing frogs! Come meet some of them at our newest exhibit, Fabulous Frogs of Panama. Explore the role of frogs in Panamanian culture from pre-Columbian to modern times, learn about the deadly fungus causing global extinctions of amphibian, and discover what scientists are doing to save Panama’s frogs.

Sea Turtle Aquaria

Take an up-close look at sea turtles through a glass wall in our sea turtle pool and learn about the natural history of these fascinating creatures from our experienced docents.

Exploring Touch Pools

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet as you meet a variety of colorful marine invertebrates including sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers at our two touch pools. A docent will guide you through this opportunity to learn about the unique features of some of the colorful and diverse animals that live beneath the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. 

Walking Trails

Take walks through a tropical dry forest on two short trails at our site. The forest is a refuge and habitat for sloths, raccoons, iguanas, birds and armadillos, among other animals that visitors can admire as they walk around. Dry forests are typical ecosystem of the Pacific side of Central America but most of them have been considerably reduced by development.


Visit our indoor aquaria to see a colorful array of fish, corals and anemones from the waters of the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Indo-Pacific and a tropical freshwater system.


One of our goals at Punta Culebra is to share our discoveries, spark curiosity and inspire learning about the wonders of tropical science. As a result, we showcase some of the research that goes on behind the scenes of our interactive exhibits. Visit us to learn more about the research taking place on-site. You can also learn more about the History of Research at Punta Culebra, the Center’s Research Highlights and the scientists who do research on Punta Culebra.


Jimena Pitty

Jimena Pitty


Rebecca Rissanen

Rebecca Rissanen

Office Administrator

Javier Jara

Javier Jara

Site Manager

Renier Vargas

Renier Vargas


Martha Mesia

Martha Mesia

Administrative Assistant

Alvaro Gonzalez

Alvaro Gonzalez

Lead Docent

Francis Torres

Francis Torres

Lead Docent

Contact Us

For Reservations or Information


+507 212.8793 or +507 6362.4219
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