Address: Calle San Antonio, San Antonio Town
This Museum tries to show life in pre-Columbian Panama on the basis that archaeological ceramics and stone research has established three regions where Coclé province is in the central region, also including Los Santos, Herrera, Veraguas and West Panama.
This comprehensive museum starts from the fact that the environment in this region today is similar to the one found by Spaniards in the sixteenth century, where the main environmental areas are the following: mangroves, plains, the humid forest and mountains. The plains or savannahs have been the most populated areas over the centuries. Exhibits include customs such as hunting, fishing and harvest collection thanks to a farming tradition that according to studies conducted dates back to 2 8000 B.C.
It is from that time that parts of the earliest ceramic pots have remained, but since then, craftsmanship underwent a significant change in its form and designs as well as its function.
With regard to gold work, the most widely used techniques were plating, embossing and waxing, a great deal of pieces being produced with this last technique. Gold work pieces were not only used as decorative items that were attributed magic powers, but also as signs of distinction and rank.
Attention has also been given to ceremonial places as well as personal decoration. In addition, exhibits also show houses and even the way diseases and death were dealt with in Penonomé, an Indian village established in 1581, as certified in a copy of the relevant report shown in the museum.