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Museums in Nicaragua


Despite being small in size, Nicaragua lacks nothing in terms of history and culture. It is a country that has known the presence of some of the world’s most gifted artists and authors and some wildly notorious revolutionaries and rebels. It has a history of turmoil and peace, of indigenous communities and oppressive family dynasties. While Nicaragua doesn’t boast a Louvre or a Guggenheim to show off its history, a number of the country’s 50+ museums are surely worth a visit.

Some of Nicaragua’s museums focus on famous people—the Ruben Dairo Archive-Museum in León, or the Ruben Dario House in Ciudad Dario—and others on history—National Museum of Nicaragua in Managua—art—Centro de Arte Fundación Ortiz Gurdián in León—and anthropology—Museo Arqueológico de Altagracia in Rivas. The country’s many museums document the narrative of Nicaragua and undoubtedly provide a starting point for understanding the culture which is present today.

While visiting, it may be beneficial to solicit the services of an English- or, for the brave, Spanish-speaking guía (tour guide). These guides may be able to add insight and local information, as well as answer any questions you have about what you have seen, or will see, while exploring this Central American country. Some of the museums do charge entry, though this is usually not more than $2, and often is less. Others are free (donations appreciated), so this leaves you no excuse to miss out!

By Margaret Rode
A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish...
05 Feb 2009

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