Museums in Panama- and in one, a story of prostate exams for 45,000 men
There are not a great many museums in Panama. We went to the Contemporary Art Museum, from which most of these photos come. I have labeled the photos so you know where they were taken.
The art museum is in a small building not far from Panama Viejo. It is pretty small with just three galleries. I liked a lot of the paintings and some of the photos too. One of the guys there went around with us- as did the woman at the Afro-Antilles museum. We got to see some paintings from the previous exhibition. He also walked with us halfway to the Afro-Antilles museum. I am not sure we would have found it otherwise. As he left he said we are now friends forever. It is just $3.00 to get in. They are moving to a new building on the causeway, I think it is. Looks like a lovely building in a lovely spot.
At the Afro-Antilles museum the woman and only other person there beside us offered to take us through the exhibit. It is a short walk to the building from the Museum in a rather chaotic and crowded area which is not for the faint of heart. The metro will have an exit just outside the entrance, which at the moment is inaccessible.
A woman offered to take us around. She recounted some of the facts of the Afro-Antilleans in the construction of the canal. As I recall they were the most numerous group at 18,000 while Panamanians among the least at a mere 500! She interviewed some of those who lived through that period, including her grandmother. They told her that Panamanians heard that you had to submit to a rectal exam before you were hired and they did not understand that it had anything to do with the prostate! I can not imagine that the US government would have required a rectal exam on 45,000 mostly young workers.