Chorotega-Nicarao Museum

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Wanderlust1954
La Jolla, CA324 contributions
Up close and personal
Oct 2019 • Couples
Excellent archeological museum with precolumbian artifacts from Nicaragua. The pieces are very well preserved - many appear to have been found intact. The colors are still visible. Covers the history from 8000 BC to 1500AD.

Yes the guide only speaks Spanish, but he is very knowledgeable. This museum is part of a research foundation and school so they are very proud of their history. I liked this better than larger museums which have fewer objects. And some of these you could even touch!

Plan on spending an hour in the museum. And the surrounding town has some squares and churches to see, plus plenty of street vendors on the weekend.
Written October 20, 2019
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jamesag2016
Topeka, KS266 contributions
Museum
Apr 2019 • Couples
Nice but small. Went on tour from our cruise. Artifacts very well displayed. Museum staff only spoke Spanish and our tour guide had to translate for us.
Written April 19, 2019
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Travel510624
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Small but excellent
Apr 2019 • Friends
Busted this museum on excursion from Oceania cruise. Small but very well done.
Bonus was visiting school connected with museum
Written April 10, 2019
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Ellen D
Denver, CO231 contributions
Worth the time!
Mar 2018 • Couples
This small museum is bursting with a collection of excellent pre-Columbian art and artifacts. It is located in the Chorotega district in an otherwise residential area. The museum building itself is modern and air conditioned. Across the courtyard is another building which houses the classrooms and residences for the teachers and students of Chrotega who are able to work at and attend the school. It is owned and operated by the Fundacion Coen, a local non-profit, for the benefit of the people in the region. Our sixteen year-old tour guide was delighted to be able to practice a few words of English and was quite competent at describing the collection - in Spanish. Our general guide, whose English was excellent, translated and expounded upon the various items in the collection and explained the program set up by the Fundacion Coen. The place is a true little gem in the middle of what otherwise appears to be a struggling country. Treat yourself to a visit if you can.
Written March 30, 2018
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CaribeTraveller
Huntsville, AL121 contributions
Cultural Oasis
Dec 2017 • Friends
This small, but chocked full of artifacts is a prize of Nicaragua. Proceeds are used for local education and recovery of the items is a learning tool in preservation. The displays begin in the paleo Indian period and encompass eight distinct periods. The range and quality of the artifacts is mind boggling. Go with a guide if you do not speak or read Spanish. Excellent. It also appeared a bit hard to find without local assistance.
Written December 28, 2017
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wolfmurphy
Lafayette113 contributions
Outstanding ceramics from 10,000 BC through 1524 AD
May 2017 • Couples
The cultural context of the various groupings is presented extraordinarily well. Unfortunately it is all in Spanish. Our English speaking guide did a fair job, but there was so much more info available.

The good news is that it a very rich, but small collection. Take your time to savor the pieces and get a sense of people who lived in the area over a wide number of years through pottery they left behind.

We were on a day tour of Leon, but were extraordinarily glad this stop was included on our tour.
Written May 24, 2017
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jackietrehorn
Leon, Nicaragua367 contributions
Highly recommendable
Apr 2017 • Friends
A small museum but with some incredible precolumbian pieces. It's housed inside a private school complex and is staffed by students, one of which will be glad to give you a tour. If you love art, precolumbian history this is for you.
Written April 24, 2017
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Bill P
Red Lake, Canada164 contributions
Excellent
Mar 2017
This was an interesting little museum. The displays are great and the guides they provide are school children. Doing the tours at the museum is part of their history lesson and they are required to be there even on the weekends. Our guide did not speak English but we had a translater that assisted. Good museam to take the time to see.
Written April 4, 2017
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Hollis P
Westampton, NJ298 contributions
A Hidden Gem
Jan 2017 • Couples
This out of the way museum has an excellent collection of pre-Colombian art. It is arranged in chronological order. All of the signs are in Spanish. There is a $4.00 entrance fee. If you take pictures, there is a $2.00 donation per camera. This fee helps to fund the school on the property that educates underprivileged and visually impaired students.
Written January 23, 2017
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Sandra M
Cincinnati, OH142 contributions
Unexpected Gem
Apr 2016 • Solo
On the way back from Leon to the port of Corinto our tour included a stop at the Chorotega Museum, and it was the very best part of the trip! (To me this was much more interesting than a Cathedral built by the Spanish which is what is in Leon.)

I'm no expert but the collection of pre-Columbian artifacts of the ancient peoples of Nicaragua (Chorotegas, Nicaraos, Chodatl, Caribices, Lenca, Sutiabas), while not extensive, was masterfully curated and presented with care, love and pride. It is well worth making a destination on its own. I was impressed and highly recommend it. I only wish I spoke or read Spanish because as yet, all information is presented in Spanish and if you don't speak you have to depend on your guide to translate;
Written May 6, 2016
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