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Museum of Chepo


[The museum is located in this building on the mainstreet, besides the Catholic Church.]

The museum is located in this building on the mainstreet, besides the Catholic Church.


[It opened its doors for the first time on January 15th, 2017, after a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony.]

It opened its doors for the first time on January 15th, 2017, after a blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony.


[The collection includes items from Pre-Columbian times, such as these corn-grounding stone tools.]

The collection includes items from Pre-Columbian times, such as these corn-grounding stone tools.


[From Colonial Times, there are some huge pottery pieces for storing liquids.]

From Colonial Times, there are some huge pottery pieces for storing liquids.


[An icon of the Virgin Mary, made in wood with metal face represents the religious art, always present in Chepo.]

An icon of the Virgin Mary, made in wood with metal face represents the religious art, always present in Chepo.


[Plenty of information about the history of the town is shown in the walls of the museum.]

Plenty of information about the history of the town is shown in the walls of the museum.


[Swords and knives, most likely used for duels, are now shown in the museum.]

Swords and knives, most likely used for duels, are now shown in the museum.


[Kerosene lamps and paraphernalia are witnesses of a past without electrical illumination.]

Kerosene lamps and paraphernalia are witnesses of a past without electrical illumination.


[Chepo's folk dresses such as the matinee pollera and the Great Devil dress are shown at the museum.]

Chepo's folk dresses such as the matinee pollera and the Great Devil dress are shown at the museum.


[Local music is represented by this handmade traditional drum.]

Local music is represented by this handmade traditional drum.


[The museum is named after the late Gustavo R,.Gonzalez an intellectual, former minister of the Republic of Panama and cultural activist from Chepo.]

The museum is named after the late Gustavo R,.Gonzalez an intellectual, former minister of the Republic of Panama and cultural activist from Chepo.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2017-01-15

As one of the regions of Panama that first witnessed the contact between European, Indigenous and African cultures, Chepo has a very interesting history. Part of it is shown at the Gustavo R. Gonzalez Museum, located in the main street of the town, besides the Catholic Church.

The collection includes items from the Pre-Columbian, Colonial, Union to Colombia and Republican eras. Objects in the exhibit range from everyday items and weapons to traditional attire. The museum is open daily from 9:00am to noon and then from 2:00 to 5:00pm. Entrance is free.

The opening of the museum took place on January 15th, 2017. The project was developed by The Civic and Cultural Association of Chepo Sergio A. Jimenez.

If you travel through Eastern Panama, make sure you visit this interesting museum. People in Chepo are very welcoming and enjoy talking about their rich history and culture.


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