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 look into some of the history of Nicaragua. This place has a lot of emotion with it especially with me having served in Iraq. It makes you really feel for the people of Nicaragua and the terrible th...  more »
  • This is a bit of an odd museum. Set in a prison with wall paintings about its past. But the rooms are filled with all sorts of man size puppets depicting the history and legends of Nicaragua. A weird ...  more »
  • From Central Park 3 blocks south. Say not to be missed is the Museum can learn about the traditions of Nicaragua is not less information in Japan and history.
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  • This place is pretty wacky. There's not too much info on the history of the place as a prison, however the stuff it houses on local legends is both bizare and entertaining.
  • This is an odd but very nice museum. You learn about different figures from Nicaraguan legends. I think it's worth the 50 cordoba
  • Not a lot on the jail and the prisoners like visiting Alcatraz but a good explanation on cultural dance costumes and folk lore.
  • Scary but interested place. You learn a lot about Nicaragua's stories and most of the legends ever known, some quite unique!
  • 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.

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