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Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas)
Ranked #8 of 43 things to do in Leon
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Weird and wonderful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

An english-speaking guide wasn't on hand so we wandered around by ourselves and what a fun experience it was! There is a strange contrast between the grounds and the museum, given the past history as a prison with illustrative references to the torture practices - and then the mythical characters displayed throughout. The characters are all crudely made and very pantomimey in appearance, which kids would love (along with big kids like me), and walking through the rooms can feel a little spooky at times (weird haunting audio, dolls, and sinister past). An interesting day out for sure!

The museum closed at 5pm (Sunday).

Visited May 2014
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Seattle
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84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“As Eclectic as Possible, and Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

Who could take a prison known for horrendous torture methods and turn it into a whimsical and historical tour of Nicaraguan folk history? This is the place. Our tour guide spoke English well and told us of many of the ghosts and creatures from Nicaraguan legend. The displays are quixotic and the faint paintings on the wall remind you of the other use of the building before it became a museum. History and legend combine for an interesting tour.

Visited March 2014
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San Marcos, Texas
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“One of a Kind Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

This is an incredible place. Formerly a notorious prison where political prisoners were tortured and murdered by the Somoza regime, the museum combines artifacts of those atrocities, with puppets, paintings, mosaics, of real life and mythical figures of Nica culture. It is a mind winding tour that will fill you dreams with images long after your gone.

Visited March 2014
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Statesville, North Carolina
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41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“tour guide was awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

Wish I would have done this at the beginning of my 2 weeks. only a dollar or so entrance. Tour really helps you understand history and culture of leon and all the figures you see around the city. Bombed church is also across the road.

Visited March 2014
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Budapest, Hungary
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Important for history and national tales”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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