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. 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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  • Bring money for a tip because you will get an awesome toour of Leon history and nicaraguan folklore.  more »
  • Interesting place to learn about the dark history of Nicaragua with spooky life size exhibit dolls and lots of explanations on traditions but also on the oppression of and fight against the CIA.  more »
  • Mainly paper machete figures, with explanations of various myths and legends, in Nicaragua. One. Thing you learn is that Nicaraguans, especially on the Caribbean side, have some serious voodoo types o...  more »
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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.