Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), Leon
(3.4/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas) on your holiday in Leon, and find out what else Leon has to offer, use our Leon trip itinerary maker.
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  • ***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 ...  more »
  • The Museum offers an interesting insight into Nicaraguan narratives. There's also the largest Gigantona figure there. It is self-made but little professional and more (but in a charming way, I liked). There are not all signage in English, knowledge of Spanish is recommended.
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  • 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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  • Knowledgeable guide and interesting exhibits in the former prison turned local musem of history and legends. The displays are quite dusty amateutish and are in varying stages of disrepair. The catwalk around the prison feels great. Apart from seeing the surrounding areas and the museum, you can also see the dirty laundy (litetally) of the neighboring residents.
  • Great experience! Good place to learn about Nicaragua's history and have a taste of the traditions and culture. I recommend to ask for a tour guide, it's more interesting. For those who knows what Gigantona is, here you can find the biggest one in Nic.
  • This is without a doubt the most bizarre museum experience I have encountered in my 64 years of age. If you like creepy puppets and feel like some laugh out loud "wtf moments" then this place should be up there in your top priorities.
  • The location is great. It's in a old prison. It cost 50 Cordoba entry fee but you get a free guide who is able to speak english. It's sigested to give the guide a small tip. He told us a lot about different witches and headless priest which is fun to hear. In some rooms of the jail they have some pupets to ilustrate the different figures but it looks like the most if it is just haloween decoration. Not a must to see but if you habe time why not.
  • You get the best overview on local history and especially the time around the Revolution.