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“Important for history and national tales”

Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas)
Ranked #9 of 46 things to do in Leon
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Budapest, Hungary
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Important for history and national tales”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

This was a Somoza-era prison where torture was rampant. It now is a setting for that history as well as a venue for good mosaic art in the entry ways, but also has small rooms depicting folk legends of the nation; these are a bit kitschy, but interesting to know. The museum owes its birth to a generous and patriotic local woman who is featured in one of the rooms.

Visited January 2014
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
68 attraction reviews
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“An Eye Opening Experience”
Reviewed 9 March 2014

The Museum of Legends and Traditions is in an old Somoza-era prison just 2 blocks south of the Cathedral in a residential neighborhood. The outside courtyard has beautiful, mosaic tile illustrations of Nicaraguan traditions. Inside are displays featuring mannequins with homemade costumes depicting Nicaraguan legends and folklore. The exhibits are housed in the cells of the prisoners who were tortured there. Painted in black on stark white walls are images of the torture methods used here on the citizenry of Leon. I am sure the high walls of this prison did not spare the neighborhood from the screams that must have come from within it. Most of the people living in Leon lost a family member during the revolution and this museum poignantly reminds you about the dictatorship they were fighting against. Visitors are invited to climb the staircase to the guard towers on the outer wall. Our guide accompanied us, and continued to point out landmarks as we walked the perimeter of the prison wall.

The day we visited the guide present was bilingual, but asked us to wait until he finished a tour that he was giving in Spanish. It was well worth listening to his stories.

Visited February 2014
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Swanville, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Two reasons to stop here”
Reviewed 20 February 2014

One, it's in the acutal prison which Somoza used to incarcerate political prisoners until they were freed by a revolutionary uprising. Much to show about the cruelty and despair in those times.
Two, it's been converted to a showplace of Nicaraguan cultural traditions and legends, keeping them alive despite the ravaging of their civil war. The artworks are very telling!
Guides seem to only speak Spanish, but have a lot to share.

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Odd but interesting”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Visiting a museum in an old prison known for brutal history is unsettling enough, but not unusual around the world, but the juxtaposition with the figures representing local culture and history is truly bizarre. Glad I did this, fortunately with an English-speaking guide who is passionate about the museum and history of the area.

Visited January 2014
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Umberleigh, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
63 attraction reviews
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“Needs a facelift”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

This museum chronicles much about Nicaragua, from prehispanic religion, through catholicism to brutal revolution and torture. The various exhibits are in need of professional upgrading to international standards. Well worth a visit.

Visited February 2014
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