Rescue the El Cano Archaeological Park museum

by Fundacion El Cano Vetted since 2018 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit


There is currently no archaeological museum in all of Panama. The foundation is rescuing the El Cano Archaeological Museum so it can be opened and used to exhibit the artifacts discovered in the over 1000 year old necropolis. With a functioning museum students and residents of Panama will learn about the history of their country and tourists will learn there is more to Panama than the canal, bringing jobs and improved economic development for the people of El Cano

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The archaeological park and museum is suffering from lack of funding which is causing a loss of conservation of artifacts and opportunities for educating the public, both local and visitors, about the pre-columbian history of Panama. This has also hampered the economic development of the local community of El Cano and Nata.


By improving the visitor experience at the archaeological park and reopening the museum, there will be an improvement in the economic situation of the communities of El Cano and Nata. More visitors, both Panamanian and foreign, will bring trade and use of the services in the area. This will eventually translate into more jobs. Services such as stores and restaurants will be needed. Additionally, the history of Panama will be better understood, recorded and shared by Panamanians and tourists.

Long-Term Impact

As more people visit the park more jobs will be created to care for the park grounds and the museum and give tours to the visitors. Better facilities will enable more and better educational programs to be hosted for both general history and archaeology of Panama topics and training of future archaeologists. Hosting archaeology field schools at the park is an eventual goal.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Foundation web page
description of the project with budget
virtual data repository in English
trailer of documentary "The Dorado of Panama"

Organization Information

Fundacion El Cano

Location: Clayton, Panama - Panama
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Fundacion El Cano
Project Leader:
Jack Mayo
Clayton, Panama

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