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Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas)

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Address: Across From Iglesia San Sebastion, Leon, Nicaragua
Phone Number: 505 311 2116
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Very unusual place

The admission fees are very low, and there is not that much to see, but what you see is very unusual, a lot of mannequins, smetimes with creepy faces, dressed in colourful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

***Make sure to get a guide so that you know what's going on! My guide was Wilbur and not only was his English excellent, but he had a voice like James Earl Jones and was a very interesting person to talk to. Yes, you could read the papers on the wall, but he will make each legend come alive for... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Learn of the revolutionary fight, imprisonments AND the legends and traditons of Nicaragua. The tour guide was animated and speaks eloquent English.

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Thank DeniseKLove
Leon, Nicaragua
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum gave me shivers as we understood what the people of Nicaragua went thru before and during the civil war. Walking around the guard posts on the top of the walls you could feel the cries of those inside this old prison.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The admission fees are very low, and there is not that much to see, but what you see is very unusual, a lot of mannequins, smetimes with creepy faces, dressed in colourful costumes. The building is a former prison, and on the walls are drawings of scenes of tortures and executions, definitely not for the faint-hearted.

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Thank MartinF229
Lucerne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The visit to this museum is recomendable as it provides a good insight into local customs and believs. Besides it is located within the old prison from the Sandinista time and it gives us another useful insight to past history.

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

This museum has next to no artifacts, and consists entirely of displays of creepy life-sized dolls with tiny amounts of text next to them explaining some of the local legends. Not worth the time.

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Tromso, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The museum is located in a prision wich used to house rebels under the Somoza rule. Some of the histories of these prisoners are painted on the walls with naive paintings, that made quite the impression on me. There is a section about this part of history in there. Most of the place is dedicated to the histories and legends... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

This is a very famous prison and important for understanding Nica history. There is an eerie juxtaposition of over life-size paper maché characters from Nica legends and the murals and mosaics memorializing the violence of 20th century Nicaragua. C$50 entrance fee. We asked for an English-speaking employee to tell us about the displays, which he did, knowledgeably. There were three... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Because it is a typical Nicaraguan museum we decided to visit. We don't regret that because of its charming messy appearance. Also it's nice to get to know a bit of Nicaragua's legends. At the same time its appearance is why three balls covers it. In my opinion it is very amateuristic.

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Winters, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Walk past the glue sniffing youths and into an old prison. Each cell/room told of a different myth or legend of Nica. Also was a small sense of the prison. You could climb up and walk the walls. There are information cards in Spanish in each room.

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