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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  • This place was a prison and is historic, by recent events in the history of Nicaragua. Also has the plus that talks about the legends of the country. You not crazy, but worth it if these by Leon. Very good mosaic murals.
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  • This museum is really cool. The paper mache sculptures are eccentric and fun to look at and the stories in the museum are so interesting. I also liked that there's a whole room in the museum devoted t...  more »
  • My friends and I went here expecting a museum that would speak to some of the native legends and traditions of Nicaragua while giving us a perspective on the site's history as a jail prior to the revo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Es un lugar historico muy informatico, no apto para personas sensibles pero si esta enriquecido con informacion de gran importancia cultural para el pais
  • Nice cultural place, Nicaraguan national legends are told and theu tell how la Guardia tortured some sandinistas warriors.
  • Looked like some junior high school kids put some clothes on paper dolls. The history was interesting, but the English writing needed some help.
  • Converted from an old prison. Paid C$50 for the entrance. An English speaking guide explained this museum about its sad and cruel history. On the other hand, the museum had many figures telling some legendary stories of the country.

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