This is a small, but interesting museum worth the 50 cordoba ($2) admission fee. It is not a modern museum and might be difficult to access for someone who does not speak and read a moderate amount of Spanish. Monuments to revolutionary heroes are common in Leon because Leon is the city of the Nicaraguan Revolution against Somoza, the reason why the city hall has a banner "Leon, la Primera Capital de la Revolucion. The major emphasis is on the life of Sandino, who led a guerrilla revolt for 7 years against US marines occupying the country from 1926-1933 before being assassinated by Somoza. One of the guides, Ricardo, participated in the battle for Leon in 1979, which caused Somoza to flee the country about 10 days later. Ricardo is friendly and will point out his photograph, crouching and holding a rifle during the battle for Leon, and you can take his picture to show youth and age. Reading some of the captions provides a general outline of Nicaragua from Sandino to the overthrow of Somoza. There is a large mural showing the revolutionary heroes of Nicaragua as well as the omnipresent portrait of Che.. Your guide will take you up on the roof where you will have a decent view of Leon and surrounding area.
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