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

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Walk through an eclectic passage of history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), formerly the infamous XXI jail where many prisoners were brutally tortured between 1921 to 1979. A varied display is now featured here, from life size papier-mâché figures of Leonese history and folklore, to colorful murals shocking you with graphic depictions of the Guardia Nacional's torturing methods on their prisoners. Knowledgeable guides will talk you through the tales of the golden crocodile, La Gigantona and the chariot of death, accompanied by an eerie backdrop of papier-mâché figures and dimly lit displays. Information is written in both Spanish and English. Put Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Leon online vacation planner .
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  • This museum is trying so hard to be great. The people who work there are kind and excited to have visitors. Unfortunately, it's not a well done museum. It's a bunch of poorly constructed mannequins an...  more »
  • This is one of the most bizarre museums I have ever seen. The building used to be a military prison where political prisoners were incarcerated and tortured. The murals in the various rooms illustrate...  more »
  • This building was a prison not long ago (1979) where a lot of bad things happened to many prisoners (you really do not want to know). Each section in the prison has a paper mache of certain people/fig...  more »
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  • Converted from an old prison. Paid C$50 for the entrance. An English speaking guide explained this museum about its sad and cruel history. On the other hand, the museum had many figures telling some legendary stories of the country.
  • I liked this place. After a failed attempt to visit in my first day in Leon, I managed to get there in opening hours the next day. I loved the subject of the exhibit, it's just so... different. And colorful. Besides, there is the historical meaning of the building, an old jail from Samoza's National Guard. A must do in Leon.
  • Although not as 'developed' of a museum as some tourists may have become accustomed to, I found this museum very interesting and well worth the visit. Great stories of Nicaraguan folklore that would have otherwise been difficult to uncover. Descriptions are mainly in both Spanish and English as well
  • Interesting to see Nicaragua's miths and legends and the museum itself which is set in an ex-prison. Recommended for its authenticity.
  • It's not the Guggenheim, so all you snooties keep on moving by....its quirky, kooky n kool.

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