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“Very large and interesting - private guide included!”
Review of Museum El Ceibo

Museum El Ceibo
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Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Moyogalpa
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Owner description: Museum El Ceibo on Ometepe Island is a must see in Nicaragua with one of the biggest and best conserved collection in the country.The museum has two exhibition halls, one with pre-Columbian statues and artifacts and one which shows the history of the Nicaraguan coin. When visiting Ometepe, El Ceibo is the place to get to know and experience the Ometepe culture. El Ceibo is not just a museum, it is fun for all ages!
Reviewed September 13, 2013

We did a tour of the whole museum in the afternoon (you can choose to see only a part of it and get a cheaper entrance; the total rate is 6$) and were very pleasantly surprised - I simply wouldn't have expected such a large and beautiful collection on such a small island! The whole site is beautiful and well-groomed but still keeps the atmosphere of the tobacco and cotton farm it once was. We got to see an amazing collection of ceramics, coins and even a bat colony in an ancient tobacco cellar, all the time accompanied by our personal guide, Joel, who knew everything about every piece in the museum and gave an excellent tour. We also loved that we could just cycle home to our accommodation in Moyogalpa after the visit - all in all a perfect afternoon.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We paid and visited both museum. I would say that the Pre-colombian is worth it if you are interrested in history and anthropology. The Money one is not worth it and very boring.

We had a Guide. The young man only spoke spanish, wich is ok with us. I'm always stunned by english speaking traveller who are travelling in non-english country and expect everybody to speak their language. You are travelling to a spanish speaking country, try to speak a bit of spanish would you ?

With that being said, the guide was awefull. When we got there, we we're the only 2 visitors, and the guide, who was relaxing on a bench, really seems bothered by our visit. I did'nt not smile for the whole visit, he seemed bored as hell, yawning while speaking and playing with his cellphone. He was a grown man but It felt like he was like a teenager who did'nt like his summer job at mcdonalds.

He told us that the museum did'nt receive any money from the nicaraguan government, and was only funded by visitors and private donation. In that case, they should be a little more appreciative of foreigners who want to spend money in their museum and are interrested in their culture.

But if you get a good guide who WANTS to show you the museum, I would say it's worth it.

Thank Guillaume F
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We are not usually museum fans but this little place is a gem. The archaeological displays are amazing and the descriptions of the funeral ceremonies and funeral urns are so interesting. The pottery dildo makes your eyes water. It is a big piece of kit!

Thank bryncel
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

The entry price comes with a tour guide to talk you through the exhibition, ours in Spanish. If you love numismatics, this would be a definite destination. And the private collection of objects is quite amazing. And be sure they show you an ancient dildo..apparently size mattered.

Thank Twicerich
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Our family just returned from Ometepe Island and had a great time. One of our stops was at El Ceibo. There are two museums, and we opted for the 2 museum package that included our own personal guide. It was $6 US a person, but they did not charge us for our girls 12 and under.

The guide provided way more informations and so I was glad we went that route. One museum was all about Nicaraguan money and the other had a great collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts. A great place to begin your time on the island.

Thank Kianemikala
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