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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Easily one of the most unusual museums anywhere: set in a Somoza era prison, the exhibits combine really cheesy mannequins of local legends with drawings of truly gruesome tortured prisoners in the original cells right behind them with absolutely no connection between the two

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Novo Mesto, Slovenia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Very interesting to see and you soon learn that you shouldn't mess with women. They will haunt you. Gives a good insight of local myths and legends. Guided tours are also available but you can do it on your own because a lot is written in English.

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Vancouver
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

We didn't wait for a guide and did it ourselves so it was kinda interesting but wouldn't do it again unless it's more interesting with a guide. I was expecting horrid things because of the prison background but nothing horrid or interesting regarding that history exists in the English notes. So maybe this is where a guide would make it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

***Make sure to get a guide so that you know what's going on! My guide was Wilbur and not only was his English excellent, but he had a voice like James Earl Jones and was a very interesting person to talk to. Yes, you could read the papers on the wall, but he will make each legend come alive for... More 

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