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Know our history

Until 1999, the ensemble of open spaces and buildings that constitute the City of Knowledge were part of Fort Clayton, a U.S. military base created in 1919 to protect the Panama Canal locks at Miraflores. If you would like to learn about the site’s history and how it was transformed into the City of Knowledge, we invite you to visit our Interpretation Center.

For people interested in the history of canal architecture, the Interpretation Center’s building is interesting in itself. The house was part of the U.S. fort’s original group of buildings. It was designed by Samuel Hitt, the same architect who finished the Canal’s Administration Building in Balboa and who was in charge of the project for Gorgas Hospital in Ancon.

Built in 1922 as the residence for the fort’s commander, the Interpretation Center offers a historic exhibition that explains the Clayton’s site’s meaning and significance, with an emphasis on the different stages in its planning, and on its connections with the history of relations between Panama and the United States of America.

Know our history

Until 1999, the ensemble of open spaces and buildings that constitute the City of Knowledge were part of Fort Clayton, a U.S. military base created in 1919 to protect the Panama Canal locks at Miraflores. If you would like to learn about the site’s history and how it was transformed into the City of Knowledge, we invite you to visit our Interpretation Center.

For people interested in the history of canal architecture, the Interpretation Center’s building is interesting in itself. The house was part of the U.S. fort’s original group of buildings. It was designed by Samuel Hitt, the same architect who finished the Canal’s Administration Building in Balboa and who was in charge of the project for Gorgas Hospital in Ancon.

Built in 1922 as the residence for the fort’s commander, the Interpretation Center offers a historic exhibition that explains the Clayton’s site’s meaning and significance, with an emphasis on the different stages in its planning, and on its connections with the history of relations between Panama and the United States of America.

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If you plan to visit to the Interpretation Center, please take the following into account:

It is a small building with capacity for a maximum of 30 visitors at a time.
Groups of more than 10 visitors must make previous arrangements with the center.
The exhibition is designed for visitors over 16 years old.
The center has wheel chair access.

Contact the Interpretation Center:

Location: Gonzalo Crance Street, Building No. 173.

There is nearby parking at the Convention Center and on the Arnoldo Cano Arosemena Avenue, across from the tennis courts.

Telephone numbers: 306 3787 / 306 3788

Email: centrodeinterpretacion@cdspanama.org

Schedule:

Open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed on Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Open on the third Saturday of every month (with free admission).

Fees:

General (Panamanian nationals and resident foreigners): B/.3.00.
Reduced (seniors and students with i.d.): B/.2.00.
Tourists: B/.5.00.
Visitors under 12 can visit for free.

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