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Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá
A Panama holiday promises thrilling adventures and relaxing nature escapades. But to appreciate Panamanian art and culture, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá, or simply “MAC,” is the place to go.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá is the result of the Panamanian people’s contributions and high regard for art. It is Panama’s only museum of contemporary art; a non-governmental organisation and non-profit establishment.
From its humble beginnings, the museum was slowly pieced together through the efforts of the Panamanian Institute of Art (PANARTE). PANARTE held a number of Latin-American and Panamanian exhibits during the 1960s, but had no permanent place to house them. In 1983, they launched a campaign to raise funds to build a home for their collections. Through various people’s and businesses’ contributions, they were able to buy and remodel the old Masonic temple in Ancon, which became the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá.
Today, people flock to the museum for a glimpse of exceptional artworks. Permanent collections are showcased here, as well as temporary national and international exhibitions.
Besides the art collections, MAC offers didactic, graphical, and framing workshops; drawing and painting classes; and conferences and seminars on art history and appreciation. There is a library of art with an extensive selection of books and articles on Latin-American and Panamanian artists. Students can also find resources on specific artistic periods. At the basement is the museum’s store featuring books, catalogues, silk-screens, and engravings.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm. Operating hours are extended until 9pm on Thursdays. The museum is closed on Mondays and national holidays.