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article imageBiodiversity museum opens in Panama

By Tim Sandle     Oct 1, 2014 in Environment
Panama City - A Frank Gehry-designed biodiversity museum has opened in Panama. Called the Biomuseo, the complex has been built at the entrance from the Pacific ocean to the Panama Canal.
The new museum has been designed to celebrate the history of the Central American isthmus, which is one of the world's richest ecosystems. An isthmus is narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas, usually with water on either side. The Isthmus of Panama contains the the Panama Canal. This the Panamanian biosphere is filled with overlapping fauna and flora from both North and South America, including around one thousand species of birds.
The museum contains eight galleries, which "tell us about the origin of the Panamanian isthmus and its gigantic impact on the planet’s biodiversity" as well as a biopark, that is designed to be "a living extension of the museum’s architecture, exhibits, and programs."
According to the BBC, the museum will track Panama's natural history from its geological formation to the present day. As visitors wander through the galleries they will be accompanied by the sound of tropical animals and hundreds of exhibits.
The museum has been designed by the Canadian-born architect Frank Gehry in what is his first project in Latin America. The new structure consists of metallic curves and canopies, similar to those made famous by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Gehry is a world-leading architect. Recently Vanity Fair to label him as "the most important architect of our age." Gehry's works include, in addition to the Guggenheim Museum: Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; New World Center in Miami Beach; Dancing House in Prague; the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto; and the Cinémathèque française in Paris.
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