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Panama Canal Museum

Categories: Attraction, Museum

Parking: Lot

Admission: Free.

More in this neighborhood: Seminole

Tucked away in the corner of a professional building, this small space is packed with artifacts about construction of the 50-mile swath cut through Panama to link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in the early 1900s.

And the reason it is in the Tampa Bay area is because many of the canal workers settled here after finishing their stint in Panama.

 In 1998, a year before the United States handed over operation of the canal to Panama, local residents, some of them descendents of canal workers, began laying the groundwork for the museum, which opened officially in 2002.

There is much to learn about the canal — including that it takes 10 hours to get throug. The museum also features "Flora and Fauna of Panama," "History and Construction of the Canal," "Panama Railroad" and "Digging in Hell's Gorge."

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