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Hours and Rates

Days Open (From April to December) Hours
Tuesday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Last tickets sold 30 minutes before closing
Last tour of the Fabulous Frogs of Panama exhibit is at 4pm.
Saturday - Sunday (and some holidays) 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Last tickets sold 1 hour before closing
Last tour of the Fabulous Frogs of Panama exhibit is at 5pm.

 

Days Open (From December to March) Hours
Tuesday - Sunday (and some holidays) 10:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Last tickets sold 1 hour before closing
Last tour of the Fabulous Frogs of Panama exhibit is at 4pm.

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) $1.00

 

Group Admissions

Groups of more than 10 people must make a reservation in advance.

School Groups

School groups need to make reservations in advance.

Payment Information

Cash, check, credit cards payments are accepted on site during weekdays. Credit card payment is not available on weekends.

Accessibility

Punta Culebra Nature Center is wheelchair accessible from the entrance to the exhibits; however, the forest trails behind the Center are not accessible by wheelchair due to the rough terrain.

Policies and Safety

The safety of the Smithsonian's visitors, volunteers, staff, and collections is of the highest importance.

Getting here

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Location

We are located Amador Causeway, approximately 3.5 km where it begins in Panama’s Balboa neighborhood. Turn right at the restaurant Mi Ranchito and continue to the end of the parking lot where you will see the entrance of Punta Culebra Nature Center. 

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Public transportation

Panama's Metrobus offers service to the causeway from the Albrook Mall for 25 cents. Exit the bus at the bus stop in front of Smithsonian’s Naos Island Laboratories and continue walking southeast along the causeway. Turn right at the road beside the restaurant Mi Ranchito, continue walking along to the entrance of Punta Culebra Nature Center. It is about 250 m from the bus stop to the entrance and another 400 m to the main buildings.

Parking

There is a limited amount of parking at Punta Culebra. The station guard at the entrance will inform visitors if there is room. Some large buses cannot access the parking lot.

Island and facilities

Island and facilities

Directional map

Directional map

Amenities

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Food and Beverage

There is no food service at Punta Culebra. We have a vending machine for snacks, drinking fountains and beverages are sold in the gift shop.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)

Picnic Areas

Bring a lunch! We have covered picnic tables with a great view of the beach and the entrance to the Panama Canal.

Contact Us

For Reservations or Information

Phone

+507 212-8793
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