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Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas)

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Address: Across From Iglesia San Sebastion, Leon, Nicaragua
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505 311 2116
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Interesting and spooky

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... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
Mischa W
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Zug, Switzerland
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San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring money for a tip because you will get an awesome toour of Leon history and nicaraguan folklore.

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Thank David G
Zug, Switzerland
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

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.

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Thank Mischa W
Cache Creek, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

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 of beliefs that they still practise to this day

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Not to miss! Colorful a yet much history due to being a former prison. I found it to a highlight due to my interest in Nicaraguan history.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

An interesting museum located in a former prison. The entry fee is 50 cordobas (less than US$2). You can get a guide (you just need to tip him) to show you the place. You will hear about all kinds of legends and traditions and see a lot of very weird looking (sometimes scary) papier mâché models. You can even climb... More 

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

this museum was set up by a nica woman who felt it important that this part of their history and their myths not be lost. it goes over several myths n legends as well as describing famous persons in nica history. their is a view point from the catwalk that surrounds the compound. the mosaics were my fave part, intricately... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

Very interesting authentic view of the revoltion. The bombed out church across the street is part of the experience.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

In the old gaol. Gives great insight into Leon's political history and the areas myths and legends. Guide was fantastic

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Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

The mixture of an old torture prison of Somoza and the wax figures representing the legends may sound weird, but it´s a very interesting initiative and tells you a lot about the history of León (and Nicaragua). There are well prepared young guides who are willing to give you all the information. You should not visit the place, if you... More 

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Saffle, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Good value for your 50 cordoba. It's not big but it takes a while if you read all the signs. Basically everything is translated into English. This is probably a museum even kids and those who don't usually care for museums like.

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