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Permanent Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibitions

  • Guardianes de la Historia (Guardians of History)

The evolution of Human Rights has not ended, where to go now?

Appreciates the course of the demand for human rights, which embodies the recognition of identity concepts of humanity.

Explore case studies related to each article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and get to know the faces of some inspiring voices in their daily advocacy.

Physical integrity

The rights illustrated in this section are the most intimate, because they reflect the struggle for full sovereignty and self-determination that we have over our physical bodies and well-being. We all have the right to life, not to be enslaved, tortured, or arbitrarily detained, and not to be denied asylum. We highlight illustrative cases on exiles in Panama, modern slavery, refugees, and the Rwandan genocide.

The Right to Privacy, Family Life, and Belief

Every person has the right to have their private and family life be respected. This includes the right of each person to make decisions about his or her own life, as long as there is no interference with the rights of others. The case studies in this section highlight the serious threat to the interests of individuals, and society as a whole, when there are breaches of online privacy; the importance of every individual having the right to choose his or her life partner; and the right to practice religion, or no religion at all.

Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

Everyone has the right to a dignified life. This includes the right to education; the economic and social rights indispensable to a person’s dignity; the right to work in just and favorable conditions; the right to rest and leisure; and the right to a standard of living adequate for an individual’s health and wellbeing. It also includes the right of each person to take part in cultural life, and to have their culture be respected.   

Case studies include an analysis of the success that the Guna community, as well as other indigenous communities, have had protecting their intellectual property rights. Other cases examine the exploitation of workers in the international textile industry and in the electronics industry, two industries which are vital for maintaining a well functioning society.

The Right to Participate in Society

Everyone has the right to participate in society. This includes a person’s right to a nationality; their right to vote; and their right to be involved in decision-making processes that affect them. It also encompasses the right to freedom of association, and the right to assemble peacefully.

Case studies from several different countries examine this right. Some of these cases highlight the importance of the freedom to assemble and protest, while others examine the essentiality of a free press in a democracy. There are also examples of controversial elections in Panama; an analysis of the right to a nationality in the Dominican Republic; and a study of the basic right of freedom of movement.

The Right to Justice

The right to justice is both a basic human right and a means to protect all the other universally recognized human rights.   Justice protects individuals from discrimination, violence, injustice, and corruption. In addition, it promotes the peaceful coexistence of individuals in a society, and it is vital for building strong and fair communities. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006, and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, observed that: “The Rule of Law is not a luxury and justice is not a side issue. . .”

Guardianes de la Historia (Guardians of History)

This first pavilion, located in the “Tolerancia” (“Tolerance”) building, will be dedicated to the history of the Holocaust and other genocides recognized by the United Nations.

It will have a permanent exhibit of an authentic railway wagon from 1941, which was used to transport human lives during the Second World War.

Panama will be one of the few countries housing a historical relic of such significance, which can teach visitors countless lessons and serve as palpable testimony from one of history’s darkest chapters.

Temporary Exhibitions

Temporary Exhibitions

Central America, 50 years in 50 images
Photography Exhibition by the Agencia EFE (EFE News Agency)

November 15, 2022 to January 12, 2023

The exhibition is a tour of the recent history of Central America through photographs taken by the Agencia EFE on celebrating 50 years of uninterrupted service in Panama.

Mom, I don’t want war
Photography Exhibition

December 15 2022 to january 29 2023

Exhibition based on drawings by Polish children who lived through the attack of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on Poland during World War II (1939-1945), and recent drawings by Ukrainian children presenting the current Russian attack on Ukraine (2022).

The war came to my house
Photography Exhibition

January 19 to february 24 of 2023

Photographs reflecting the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the humanitarian drama experienced by its population.

Photography Exhibition by Diego Cedeño

January 17, 2023 to February 24, 2023

Holos – Kaustos is a visual memory of what is left of the world’s most infamous concentration camp in modern history: Auschwitz-Birkenau. At the same time, it’s the memories and presence of those who lived to tell their stories.

(In)visible women: Time to tell our story
Temporary Exhibition

March 03 to April 02 of 2023


Dress slowly

Sustainable Fashion Exhibition in collaboration with ADIMAP

May 9th to June 18th

First national fashion exhibition dedicated to the connection that exists and should exist between fashion and human rights, specifically focusing on Panamanian fashion design. Slow Fashion, Sustainability, Artisanal Work, and much more.

A memory

A Memory after the Holocaust

May 24th to June 15th

Exhibition about the life of Anna and Zygmunt Rotter, whose story has been the inspiration for the work “A Memory after the Holocaust.”

Calendar of Events
Tuesday to Sunday

Guided Tours

Let our tour guides take you by the hand and lead you on a journey through the history of human rights and their evolution in Panama and the rest of the world.



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