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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  • August 3, 2017
    This whas a wtf ?? Experiance A lot of big puppets who are dressed as legend , and from nica story's and legend's like different witches. . The puppet's i though where not that intresting but , The bu...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    The Museum is somewhat rare and original. Not be if animals that exist are dissected or figures. Myths and legends of indigenous peoples located in a former prison.
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  • July 7, 2017
    Enjoyed the museum and all of the displays. There's also a section on the sad history and it's on the old prison where many atrocities were done. Loved some of the old legends of Nicaragua.  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • January 16, 2017
    This is an odd but very nice museum. You learn about different figures from Nicaraguan legends. I think it's worth the 50 cordoba
  • March 31, 2017
    Not a lot on the jail and the prisoners like visiting Alcatraz but a good explanation on cultural dance costumes and folk lore.
  • December 27, 2016
    Scary but interested place. You learn a lot about Nicaragua's stories and most of the legends ever known, some quite unique!
  • October 3, 2016
    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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