Panama City Travel Guide

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Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

  • Av. Roosevelt
  • Educational Institution

Published 11/02/2015

Fodor's Review

Spread over a ridge on the north side of Cerro Ancón and lined by trees, the home office of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), known as the Earl S. Tupper Center, has offices, meeting halls, a large library, a bookstore, and a café. A branch of the Washington, D.C.–based Smithsonian Institution, the STRI has half a dozen research stations in Panama, the most famous of which is on Barro Colorado Island. The institute also coordinates scientific studies in various other tropical countries. All reservations for tours to Barro Colorado Island are done online, but you can visit the Tupper Center to browse the library and shop at the bookstore, which has an excellent selection of natural history titles, as well as souvenirs.

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Av. Roosevelt, , Panama




Sight Details:

  • Weekdays 10–12 and 1–4:30 (library and bookstore)

Published 11/02/2015


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