264 North Tyndall Parkway
Panama City, FL 32404
Phone: (850) 215-5551
Fax: (850) 215-4550
Arts & Museums
Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida promotes local and international art using a range of mediums. The center promotes a sense of community by offering a variety of workshops like pottery, photography, and others for kids and adults. The center is located in a 1920s Spanish style building offering a sense of history to its art guests.
From dinos to trains, what kid wouldn't love to spend the day at this interactive museum? Created by the Junior Women's Club and the Women's Club of Panama City in 1967, the Junior Museum of Bay County opened in 1969 and moved to its current location in 1981. It sits on 12 acres full of fun for the whole family, from its 1500 foot boardwalk and nature trail, to its very own pioneer settlement. Learn about your body at the Body Works exhibit, then take a trip through time and explore real pioneer buildings from the 1800s. The museum offers programs for kids of all ages, including summer camps, classes for younger children, birthday parties, and its great for field trips. General Admission is USD3 for non-members, while members get in free.
Get ready for a mind warp at Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum and 4D theatre. Ripley's ship wrecked vessel contains a wealth of suprising exhibits the whole family can enjoy. Have a hair raising experience in the 4D moving theatre, then head to the giftshop for some pirate treasures. Adult admission is USD14.99; kids get in for USD11.99. It is open daily from 10 am onwards.
For hundreds of years humans have been fascinated by the sea, and this multi-media museum explores that attraction. The museum displays artifacts from the history of scuba diving and underwater treasures from sunken ships and the sea floor dating back to the 16th Century. Interactive, hands-on exhibits show kids and adults how diving equipment works, and a climb through a real submarine will leave you feeling like a SCUBA expert, yourself.