The mission of the Panama Canal Museum is to preserve the history of the American Era of the Panama Canal, 1904-1999. Our main exhibit is a  pictorial history of the canal beginning with the Spanish Era, proceeding to the French attempt to build a canal, and an extensive photo display of the construction of the Panama Canal. Some artifacts are on display and there is a small exhibit on the Panama Railroad which celebrates its 150th anniversary as the first transcontinental railway in the Western Hemisphere. A library collection of Panama Canal related books and records is also on site.