This place was quite startling, it used to be a prison for madmen and later for political prisoners. I was quite taken aback to enter and find a beautiful peaceful courtyard with a fabulous old building in its center, its walls depicting primitive etchings of gruesome tortures and executions of its unfortunate former residents. I scuttled my 9 year old daughter past this as quickly as possible and into the rooms. Then it was her turn to be enthralled and appalled in equal measure. Each prison cell was filled with life size human-like creatures from Nicaraguan folklore, some of them were quite terrifying to behold and so bizarre! On the walls were more drawings of the former prisoners and their daily activities within the rooms. I kept trying to distract my daughter from the sketch of a prisoner having his teeth forcibly filed or another one being trussed and dangled headfirst into a well,or another having his stomach kicked in by a guard. It was both disturbing and moving to suddenly recognize the actual well and the mango tree still standing in the courtyard as the torture well and the tree from the paintings on the prison walls. In one room there was a lurid description of the different means of torture and photos of the victims(some no older than my 9 year old). Oddly, there was a sense of peace and beauty in that old courtyard and one simply felt closer to the poor people who had suffered so much therein. It was a beautiful, primitive, captivating place and the young people working there told their own histories of their parents and grandparents who had lived through the revolution and experienced what went on at that time. This place was the most interesting and unusual museum we saw in all of Nicaragua. I highly recommend it and my daughter was morbidly fascinated as opposed to traumatized by the experience. The workers said a priest was brought to exorcise the place before they opened it, but no spirits emerged to be exorcised. The place is strangely peaceful and gentle. Please go see it, you certainly won't forget the experience.