Located on the east side of the Miraflores Locks, the CVM allows the visitor to
observe transiting vessels from a distance of only a few meters and learn first
hand about the various operations of the Panama Canal, the history of its
construction, its participation in the world markets, and the importance of its
Facilities and Services
The center features an ample, fully equipped theater, three observation terraces,
two snack bars, a restaurant with panoramic view, a gift shop, and a hall for
special events. Most areas are available for rent.
Four exhibition halls constitute the heart of the CVM. The exhibitions include
historic pieces, interactive modules, video presentations, models of the Panama
Canal, and objects used in Canal operations.
The History Hall portrays the background, technological innovations, and
sanitary initiatives that went hand in hand with the construction of the Canal.
This exhibition hall honors the hundreds of men and women who made this
The Hall of Water: Source of Life emphasizes the importance of water,
conservation of the environment and biodiversity, protection of the Canal
Watershed, and the ACP's commitment to the sustainable management of this
resource and the interoceanic region.
The Canal in Action depicts in an amusing manner how the Canal operates
and allows us the experience of being inside a navigation simulator and one of
the lock culverts. A virtual ocean-to-ocean transit is also made possible through
the use of a topographical model. This exhibition showcases Canal
improvement, modernization, and maintenance projects.
The Canal in the World provides information on the importance of the Canal to
world trade; describes the trade routes it serves; and identifies its main users,
the various types of vessels that transit the waterway, and the commodities they
carry. In addition, it presents an overview of studies conducted in order to
guarantee the future competitiveness of the Canal and the benefits to the
Republic of Panama.