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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  • A very atmospheric collection of figures of Nicaraguan myth housed in an old prison. It’s really scary, which is an achievement for an experienced visitor of the macabre around the world! Speakers bla...  more »
  • We went to this museum pass, because it more than enough time, without many expectations, but I was glad very much to go. The Guide explained to us very well the legends, myths and most significant of Nicaragua. In addition, to be made the Museum in an old prison, gives a touch different, more gloomy in some of the stories, which makes it more interesting. It is well decorated with figures and sounds.
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  • This visit took place during the INSS protests in April 2018 and was verv intesting to see what the government has done to its prisoners previously.  more »
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  • A strange stop in Leon in that it has a cool giant woman puppet, a micro haunted house and is located in an old National Guard prison known for its human rights violations.
  • quirky exhibit founded on Nicaraguan and Leon folklore. text heavy. few objects. narratives written in both English and Español. the prison setting adds much to the tone and nuancethe exhibition. the building is what will charm you and be most memorable. other reviews mispeak ; there is ample information about the prison's history in one of the rooms. look for the big room off the front off the second front courtyard.
  • Strange and interesting. Learn the myths and legends of Nica
  • 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.
  • Nice cultural place, Nicaraguan national legends are told and theu tell how la Guardia tortured some sandinistas warriors.
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