Address: Avenida 8 o Este, Casa N o . 57-63 David Chiriquí.
Its main focus is to rescue, preserve and disseminate the various and valuable culture wealth of Chiriquí province so that Panamanians and foreign visitors know about the historic, political and artistic contribution made by men in this region.
The background of this History and Art Museum named after José de Obaldía date back to 1976. Its current venue was donated to the National Historic Heritage in 1979 by its descendants as the house has great historic and architectonic value.
It has an archaeology room showing objects that belonged to the inhabitants of this region dating back from five millenniums before Christ until the Spaniards’ arrival. Another room reminds us of the Spanish presence in Chiriquí as well as the founding of the first cities: Remedios, Alanje, David and the people of San Lorenzo, Boquerón, Bugaba, Dolega and San Pablo, by means of fine history maps.
The religious art room is very comprehensive with peculiar attractions going back to various centuries ago. Another room shows the most significant historic events taking place in the province, such as its creation on 26 May 1849, thanks to Mr. José de Obaldía’s political foresight. Amongst the most important objects shown are: a marble and bronze “lítero”, military uniforms, weapons, documents of that period and a showcase with personal objects that belonged to José de Obaldía Orejuela, plus an adjoining room fully dedicated to this great man.