There is currently no archaeological museum in all of Panama. The foundation is rescuing the El Cano Archaeological Museum, so it can be used to exhibit the artifacts discovered in the over 1000-year-old necropolis. With the benefit of 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. A well run museum with interesting and educational exhibits will bring more visitors to the area.
The archaeological park and museum are 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. It is a lost avenue of education and training opportunities for students wishing to enter the fields of anthropology, archaeology and history. This has also hampered the economic development of the local communities of El Cano and Nata.
The Foundation aims to set in motion a virtuous cycle; more visitors leading to more funding, and more funding supporting both improvements to the museum and continued excavations and investigation of the necropolis. Visitors will increase by having interesting and educational exhibits, tours of a conserved and maintained park and appropriate guest services. With continued funding for excavation, more artifacts with be located which will lead to a better understanding of Panama's history.
Better facilities will enable quality educational programs to be hosted about Panamanian history and archaeology. Hosting archaeology field schools is one goal, allowing the training of future archaeologists and the continued investigation of the tombs and ceremonial areas. With increased visitors, more local jobs will be created. All of these factors are interconnected and a part of the rescue and maintenance of the archaeological museum.