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“Not what it is made out to be”

Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas)
Ranked #15 of 49 things to do in Leon
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

While it is advertised as the museum to see in Leon, it is really an old jail with drawings of torture on the wall and badly made figures representing myths and legends in the cells. The students giving the tours are friendly but don't really know the myths and legends beyond their titles. It is NOT an art museum.

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Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

The title of this review may leave some guessing this is a quirky museum to visit. Do not be fooled. It is quite low quality and scatterbrained. The information of each legend and tradition is on photocopied paper. Some of the informative signs are held up with tape, others are laying on the ground in front of the displays they are describing. Some of the displays have nothing to do with legends and traditions. It is all very ill thought out. This museum is housed in a former prison. It all somehow deflates the fairytale/folk feeling this museum is aiming for. And as mentioned, it strays off in a few vague directions.

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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).

Thank Heidi B
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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.

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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.

1  Thank spreadingash
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