The most popular place to visit in Panama is only a 20 minute ride from downtown Panama City. Watch vessels - large & small - transiting the canal while standing in the Observation deck just feet away. Viewing a transit operation at the center can take more than 30 minutes. There is a museum with exhibitions and films where you can learn everything you need to know about its history. The Visitor Center is open every day of the week from 8am-5:30pm.