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The Top 7 Museums in Nicaragua

Leon Cathedral, Nicaragua
Leon Cathedral, Nicaragua | © FTH / Shutterstock
Nicaragua has a fascinating history and plenty of museums to tell the story. If you’re planning a trip to this Central American country and want to know more, check out our round-up of the best museums to visit on your travels.
Sandino graffiti in Nicaragua © Jorge Mejía Peralta / Flickr

Centro de Arte Fundación Ortiz-Gurdián

Art Museum
The city of Leon is home to a number of good cultural institutions, and this gallery boasts the best art collection in Nicaragua. Explore the well-restored townhouses with their paintings and sculptures from throughout the ages. There are works from Nicaraguan artists on display here, as well as unexpected artworks by Picasso, Rembrandt and Miro.
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Nicaragua volcano mural © MaxPixel

Antiguo Convento San Francisco

History Museum
Most visitors to Nicaragua will make their way to the beautiful city of Granada at some point, and this old convent is one of its many attractions. Duck out of the heat of the day to take a look at the huge collection of pre-Columbian statues that tell the story of Nicaragua’s distant past.
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Museo de la Revolución

Museum
This impressive museum is housed in a building that was used by the Somoza government before the revolution. It became a focus for the revolutionaries, and today houses exhibits about the fighters and their struggle.
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Revolutionary art in Esteli, Nicaragua © ENICOK / Flickr

Museo de Leyendas y Tradiciones

Museum
This former prison sits just outside the centre of the city, and is now home to a museum that tells the story of Nicaraguan folk traditions. Since 1993, founder Doña Carmen Toruño has put together exhibits that combine the human rights abuses committed at the prison with the traditions of the country.
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Huellas de Acahualinca

Natural History Museum
This archaeological site is home to fossilized tracks left by humans and animals around 6,000 years ago. In addition to the tracks themselves there is also a good museum with human skulls, a fossilized bison print and pieces of ceramics.
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