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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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  • Not amazing. But a thing to do. They have some things that are interesting. Just make sure you ask someone to tell you what they are. 
    Not amazing. But a thing to do. They have some things that are interesting. Just make sure you ask someone to tell you what they are.  more »
  • Tour was Traditions of Nicaragua, booked through Holland America. We had a very good guide who explained the history and current circumstances of his country. It is a very impoverished place. Even.....  more
    Tour was Traditions of Nicaragua, booked through Holland America. We had a very good guide who explained the history and current circumstances of his country. It is a very impoverished place. Even.....  more »
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  • Me and my friend absolutely loved this museum, and what can say, what an experience. An unexpected gem that really brightened our day. There is so much to learn about all the quirky myths and legends of the area and the models and figurines are brilliant (somewhat a little scary haha). It's set in an old prison and you get to walk around the high perimeter like the guards once did. Wilbur who runs the museum is brilliant, friendly and so helpful. What a great and funny day out for such a small price of 50 Cordobas. Would happily return. See it for yourself and enjoy!
  • To say this museum changed our lives is an understatement. It was great from start to finish. The owner (Wilbur) is passionate, kind and welcoming - he was there to answer any questions and help throughout our entire experience, all of which came with a lovely smile. Each part of the museum is different, captivating and taught us an interesting part of Nicaragua’s culture. We smiled the whole time and for the rest of the day following this experience. Please go to preserve this absolute iconic place.

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