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Gehry opens Panama biodiversity museum

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Frank Gehry has completed a new museum of biodiversity in Panama – his first project in Latin America

The new visitor attraction – dubbed Biomuseo – focuses on the Isthmus of Panama which is understood to support more species of birds, mammals, reptiles and plants than Canada and the United States combined.

Featuring eight galleries, the building will explore the country’s natural history from its geological formation to present day.

The brightly coloured museum – which opened to the public today (2 October) – has been built on a dramatic waterfront site close to where the Panama Canal meets the Pacific Ocean.

The project was originally announced in 1999 but went on hold six years later and saw its costs balloon from £25 million to £60 million.

Frank Gehry's new museum of biodiversity in Panama

Source: ©Victoria Murillo/Istmophoto.com

Frank Gehry’s new museum of biodiversity in Panama

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