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There are many ways to find art in Nicaragua.  Start with the wide variety of galleries that showcase particular artists, particular genres, or other specialties.  In addition, art can also be found in more unexpected places – including hotels, artist workshops, small stalls on the sides of the road, the local markets, or mercados, coffee shops, mall court yards, and art school corridors!  The listings on this page try to capture some of the myriad and wonderful ways to explore art in Nicaragua. 

Please email me at vera@NicaArtGallery.com to add more locations or to correct my information!




GALLERIES IN MANAGUA

Name:  AUGUSTO SILVA
Address/Directions:  Bo Batahola Norte Antiguo Gallo y Villa, 2 c Oeste 10 vrs Norte
Telephone: (505) 266-9042
Owner:  Augusto Silva, Painter
Hours:  Call first.
www.augustosilva.com

Features art by the owner, a well-known Nicaraguan artist who also has a gallery in Miami.

Name:  GALERIA AÑIL:
Address/Directions:  Bolonia Canal 2, 1 c. Oeste 10 vrs, Sur
Telephone: (505) 266-5445
Owner: Luís Morales Alonzo, Painter
They do not speak English. 
Hours:  Open generally from 2 PM on. 
Features:  Art by avant garde Nicaraguan and Latin American artists.

   

Name:  CODICE ESPACIO CULTURAL
Address/Directions:  Pancasán II Etapa #15 Hotel Colón 1c al Sur 2 1/2c arriba
Telephone: (505) 267-2635
Hours:  M-Saturday 9 AM to 8 PM
Owner: Juanita Bermudez
Features abstracts, landscapes, oils on canvas, by artists from all over Nicaragua, including nationally known painters.

Name:  GALERIA CASA DE LOS TRES MUNDOS
Address/Directions:  Los Robles, Restaurante la Marsellaise, 2 1/2c. al Lago.
Telephone:  (505) 267-0304, or (505) 278-5781
Proprietor:  Lus Marina
Hours:  10:30am a 1:30pm

Features home of Padre Ernesto Cardenal, displaying many of his original sculptures, and a selection of paintings and balsa wood carvings from Solentiname.
   

Name:  El AGUILA
Address/Directions:  Carretera Sur Km 6 1/2, Frente a Farm 22-24
Telephone:  (505).265-0524
Owner: Hugo Palma
Hours:  9 AM to 5:30 PM. Open all the time, but it is preferable to call first. 
Features home and studio of famous Nicaraguan artist Hugo Palma.

Name:  GALERIA CIRCULO 2
Address/Directions:  Las Mercedes, segunda etapa, casa No. 4
Telephone: (505) 263-1113.
Owner: Luís Manzanares
Hours:  Call first.
Features original works, nudes, landscapes, oil on linen.

   

Name:  ALFONSO XIMENEZ ART STUDIO
Address/Directions:  Bo Altagracia Montoya 4c al Sur, No. 8
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone: (505) 264-0467
Hours:  Call first.
Features ??

Name:  EPIKENTRO GALLERY
Address/Directions:  Rotonda El Güegüense, 7c. al Lago, 2 1/2c. abajo frente Plaza El Carmen
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone: (505) 266-2200 or (505) 268-5953
Hours:  M-F 9 AM to 6 PM; Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM
Features both contemporary and primitivist Nicaraguan art, sculpture and frequent book readings by local authors.

   

Name:  ESTUDIO GALERIA EFREN MEDINA
Address/Directions:  Lomas de Villa Fontana Costado Sur Oeste Club Terraza 114-B
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone: (505) 278-4135
Hours:  Call first.
Features: ???

Name:  MUSEO-GALERIA GENESIS
Address/Directions:  Villa Fontana Norte #88 Supermercado Porta's 1 c. arriba
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone: (505) 278-4110 or (505) 277-2480
Hours:  M-Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM
Features contemporary and primitivist art.

   

Name:  GALERIA OBRAS DE ARTE
Address/Directions:  Villa Rafaela Herrera, Iglesia Católica, 20 vs. al Norte, 50 vs. al Este, 2da Rotonda
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone: (505) 249-2651
Hours:  Call first.
Features  ??

Name:  OYANKA, HOME ACCESSORIES
Address/Directions:  Canal 2, 3 c. al Norte, 1 1/2 c. al Oeste, casa #1328, Bolonia
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 266-5080 or (505) 264-3411 or (505) 254-5175
Email:  oyanca@oyanca.com
Hours:  Call first
Features housewares from all over Nicaragua.

   
Name:  GALERIA PLEYADES
Address/Directions:  Centro BAC, 1er Piso, Km 4 1/2 Carretera Masaya-Managua
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone: (505) 274-4114 or (505) 278-1350
Hours:  M-F 8:30 AM to 6 PM; Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM
Features several genres of Nicaraguan art set around a graceful patio.
Name:  GALERIA PRAXIS
Address/Directions:  Bolonia, Opt Nicaragüense 1c. abajo 1c. al Lago
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone: (505) 266-3563
Hours:  Call first.Features drawings, paintings, sculpture and a small café.
   

Name:  GALERIA ROSSI LOPEZ
Address/Directions:  Del Portón del Cementerio Oriental, 1c. al Oeste, 1c. al Sur
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone: (505) 249-8614
Hours:  Call first.
Features:  ???

Name:  CASA BEN LINDER
Address/Directions:  Unavailable
Telephone: Unavailable
Hours:  Call first.
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Features a center for English speakers involved in humanitarian projects.
Includes some extraordinary murals from the 1970’s.

   

Name:   GALERIA JOSEFINA
Address/Directions:  Embajada del Japon 50 m abajo, Bolonia
Director/Owner:  Josefina Guillen
Telephone:  (505) 266-0971
Hours:  Call first.
Features large gallery of contemporary paintings and sculpture.  Ocassional openings and new shows.

Name:   TERRA DI SIENA
Address/Directions:  Del Hospital Salud Integral, 1 c. al Norte, costada Oeste Embajada de Japon, Barrio Bolonia
Telephone:  (505) 266-0676 or (505) 664-0314
Executive Director:  Zayda Maria Benavides Rivas
Hours:  Call first.
Email:  stuartsiena@yahoo.es or stuartsiena@hotmail.com
Features galleries of contemporary works, an art school, and small hospedaje.

   

Name:   GALERIA SOLENTINAME
Address/Directions:  Colonia CentroAmerica, Canal 23, 1 c. al Norte, Casa M 869
Owner:  Laureano Maireno
Hours:  Call first.
Telephone:  (505) 252-6262 or (505) 278-3998
Email:  gsolentiname@amnet.com.ni
Features works of primitivist artists of Solentiname.

Name:   LA POSADA DEL ANGEL, HOTEL Y RESTAURANTE
Address/Directions:  Del porton del Hospital Militar 1 c. al Norte, 3 c. abajo, 20 vrs. al Norte, frente a Iglesia San Francisco, Bolonia.
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 268-7228 to 7231
Hours:  Call first.
Features rooms and common areas full of paintings and sculpture featuring angels, plus gorgeous intricately carved mahogany furniture produced by the owner’s workshops.

   
Name:  LA POSADA DE MARIA LA GORDA
Address/Directions:  De la Iglesia del Carmen, 100 m Sur, 25 m Oeste, 25 m al Sur.
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 268-2455
Email:  mgorda@ibw.com.ni
Hours:  Call first.
Features small exhibits and artwork for sale in lobby.
Name:  DEL PINO MUEBLES
Address/Directions:  Distribuidora “La Colonia” Linda Vista, 3 c. arriba
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 266-0217 or (505) 837-2233
Hours:  Call first.
Features custom designed furniture of pine.
   
Name:  GALERIA DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO
Address/Directions:  Centro Cultural Managua, esquina NorEste antiguo Gran Hotel.
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 228-2086
Hours:  Call first.Features paintings and sculpture by artists associated with the Centro Cultural Managua.
Name:  CENTRO CULTURAL MANAGUA
Address/Directions:  Esquina NorEste antiguo Gran Hotel.
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  Unavailable
Hours:  Call first.
Features classes in visual arts, dance, music, plus houses offices of the national film organization, and well-known artists in a variety of media.  Of extra interest:  framed newspaper reports and many photographs of the earthquake of 1972.
   
Name:  SANTO DOMINGO MALL
Address/Directions: 
Telephone:  Various.
Hours:  Various.
Features giant marmolina (soapstone) sculpture by Ricardo Moya from the Rio San Juan in the mall courtyard.  Also a variety of galleries of fine art and household accessories.
Name:  NATIVE LEATHER, ARTICULOS DE CUERO
Address/Directions:  Shell Plaza El Sol 450 vrs. Al Sur, Calle Principal Colonia Los Robles 
Owner/Manager: Maritza Arguello
Hours:  Call first.
Telephone:  (505) 270-5625
Email:  pyasa.com.ni
Features hand made leather products including purses, portfolios, keychains, tote bags and other useful things.
   
Name:  LUCILA MARTINEZ E HIJOS
Address/Directions:  1ra. Entrada 50  vrs. Al Sur, San Juan de Oriente
Owner:  Lucila Martinez
Hours:  Call first.
Telephone:  (505) 558-0025
Features pre-colombian, utilitarian, and free design pottery by owner and family.
Name:  SIMPLEMENTE MADERA
Address/Directions:  Semaforos Enitel Villa Fontana, 150 mts. al Norte
Founder:  Matthew Falkiner
Hours:  Call first.
Telephone:  (505) 270-1804  or (505) 883-7664
Email:  mfalkiner@simplementemadera.com
Features modern sleek wooden furniture made from woods from WWF “well-managed woods” forests in Nicaragua.
   
Name:  EL PORTAL
Address/Directions:  Camino de Oriente, Frente al Bolerama, Edificio “N” 
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 278-4962 or (5050) 278-8114
Email:  elportal@turbonet.com.ni
Hours:  Call first.
Features full line of furniture in wood and metal designed by in-house designers.
Name:  GALERIA BACA
Address/Directions:  Santo Domingo Mall
Owner/Director:  Manolo Baca Arguello
Telephone:  (505) 267-3146
Hours:  Call first.
Exceptional gallery that features visual art and sculpture of Nicaraguan artists of all genres.
   
Name:  CERAMICA CRYSTEL
Address/Directions:  Donde fue el Cine Dorado, 2 1/2 c. arriba
Owner:  Elbia Solano de Areas
Telephone:  (505) 222-7975
Email:  gareas@cablenet.com.ni
Hours:  Call first.
Features brightly hand-painted ceramic dishware.
Name:  PEWTER Y MAS
Address/Directions:  Optica Nicaraguense, 1 c arriba
Owners:  Jack Prieto and Simonet Tom de Preito
Telephone:  (505) 853-5519 or (505) 254-4893 or (505) 852-2252
Email:  simonet_tom@hotmail.com or coronadeoro@cablenet.com.ni
Hours:  Call first.
Features rustic furniture and pewter for all occasions.
   
Name:  RICHARD LEONARDI, PHOTOGRAPHER
Address/Directions:  Apartado Postal 1163, Managua
Owner/Director:  Richard Leonardi
Telephone:  (505) 854-8817
Hours:  Call first
Features photography by a long-time Nicaragua-phile and professional photography.
Name:  ESPERANZA EN ACCION
Address/Directions:  Barrio Altagracia, de los Asados La Racachaca, 1 c. abajo, 5 c. al Sur, 1 c. abajo, 1/2 al Sur, contiguo con la Iglesia Catolica cerca del parque, la casa verde y crema.
Contact:  Shannon Howard or Yamileth Perez
Telephone:  (505) 266-2054
Hours:  Call first.
Features work of artisans from all over Nicaragua.
   
Name:  HUEMBES MERCADO
Address/Directions:  Take a taxi!
Telephone:  Various.
Hours:  Various.
Features 100’s of vendors selling not only arts and crafts of Nicarauga, but also any possible article one might need for daily living!
Name:  EL MUSEO NACIONAL DE NICARAGUA
Address/Directions:  Located in El Palacio de Cultura
Telephone:  (505) 222-2905
Hours:  Sunday through Friday:  8 AM to 5 PM
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Features natural history, pre-colombian ceramics and statues from all over Nicaragua.
   
Name:  BANCO CENTRAL
Address/Directions:  100  Este de Siete Sur
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  Unavailable
Hours:  Unavailable.
Features the national library, and publishes a series of art books.  Has occasional exhibits of Nicaraguan artists.
Name:  EL TEATRO NACTIONAL RUBEN DARIO
Address/Directions:  El Mirador, Managua
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 266-3630 or (505) 228-4021
Hours:  Various.
Features high caliber international cultural programs and performances.
   
Name:  LA ESCUELA NACIONAL DE TEATRO
Address/Directions:  Managua
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  Unavailable
Hours:  Various.
Features presentations by students at the school, and by visiting troupes.
Name:  LA ACADEMIA DE DANZA
Address/Directions:  Frente a UCA
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 277-5557
Hours:  Call first.
Features performances and concerts by the students at a professional level, including traditional, folk, modern jazz, Brazilian, and ballet.

 

ART GALLERIES OUTSIDE OF MANAGUA

Name:  VARIOUS HOTELS IN GRANADA
Address/Directions:  Various
Telephone: Various.
Hours:  Various.Some of the hotels to look for:  Hotel Alhambra, La Gran Francia, Hosedaje Italiano, Hotel Colonial.  Look for art on walls throughout these hotels.

Name:  ILEANA DEL SOCORRO ALEMAN MALTEZ & DONALDO ROCHA LOPEZ
Address/Directions:  Centro Turistico “El Mirador” de Lago de Apoyo, Catarina
Owners:  :  Ileana del Socorro Aleman Maltez & Donaldo Rocha Lopez
Telephone:  (505) 837-6291 or (505) 896-0916
Hours:  Call first.

Features paintings by the owners, two well-known primitivist artists originally from Niquinohomo.

   

Name:  TALLER DE FRANCISCO CALERO
Address/Directions:  De la escuela de Ceramica, 1/2 c. al Este, San Juan de Oriente
Owner:  Francisco Calero
Telephone:  (505) 558-0300 or (505) 887-7784
Email:  fcalero@ibw.com.ni
Hours:  Call first.
Features pottery by the owner.

Name:  ARTESANIAS ROGER CALERO

Address/Directions:  Iglesia Catolica, 2 c. al Sur, San Juan de Oriente
Owner:  Roger Calero
Telephone:  (505)  558-0007 or (505) 853-6432
Email:  roca522@latinmail.com
Hours:  Call first.
Features pottery by the owner.

   

Name:   QUETZALCOATL COOPERATIVE
Address/Directions:  1 ra. Entrada San Juan de Oriente, 50 vrs. Al sur San Juan de Oriente
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  Unknown
Hours:  Unknown.

Features pottery by cooperative members throughout San Juan de Oriente.

Name:   VARIOUS FURNITURE GALLERIES
Address/Directions:  Masaya and Masatepe, and along the side of the road between Masatepe and Masaya.
Telephone:  Various.
Hours:  Various.
Features wide variety of wicker and hardwood furniture for indoor and outdoor use.  Many unique and typical styles and designs, including the ubiquitous rocking chair.

   

Name:   INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CENTER
Address/Directions:  Housed in the Casa de los Leones, Granada
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 552-4176 or (505) 552-6437
Email:  c3mundos@tmx.com.ni
Hours:  7 AM to 6 PM
Features the headquarters of the Casa de los Tres Mundos Foundation, whose mission is “to foster an understanding of universal and human values among people of all religions and political persuasions, as well as providing new economic opportunities for the Nicaraguan People”.  The Casa houses an art and music school, museum, historical archive, library, concert hall, lilterary café, bookstore, exhibition space and regularly hosts resident artists from around the world.

Name:   ANTIGUO CONVENTO SAN FRANCISCO
Address/Directions:  Granada
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 552-5535
Hours:  9 AM to 6 PM
Features archaeological exhibits and open air display of 30 Chorotega stone carvings from Isla de Zapatera.

   

Name:   GUITARRAS ZEPEDA
Address/Directions:  Masaya, 200 m Oeste de ENEL Central.
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 883-0260
Hours:  Call first.
Features guitars by three generations of luthiers.  Choose from mahogany, granadillo or other woods, and inlays.

Name:   MERCADO NACIONAL DE ARTESANIAS
Address/Directions:  in the Mercado Viejo
Telephone:  Various.
Hours:  Various.
Located in the old market that was destroyed by fire in 1966 and 1978 and then rebuilt as an artisan market for tourists.  100’s of small shops showcase every type of Nicaraguan handicraft, from leather work and dolls of cultural characters, to painting, sculpture and pottery. 

   

Name:   EL TERCER OJO
Address/Directions:  Calle el Arsenal, Costado Sur Convento San Francisco, Granada
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 552-6451 or (505) 875-5507
Hours:  10 AM to 11 PM; closed Mondays
Features coffee shop and restaurant with a large library of books in Spanish, plus art on the walls for sale.

Name:   CAFÉ DECO ARTE
Address/Directions:  Granada.
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  Unavailable
Hours:  Unavailable.
Features café drinks and meals, with lots of art on the walls.

   

Name:   PALACIO DE LA CULTURA JOAQUIN PASOS A.
Address/Directions:  Frente al Parque Central, contiguo al Hotel Alhambra, Granada
Owner/Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  (505) 552-7114
Hours:  Call first.
Features a grand central patio and performance area.  Offers various cultural courses, including Spanish.  The building itself is a work of art.

Name:   HOTEL CABANAS PARAISO
Address/Directions:  Isla San Fernando, Solentiname, Rio San Juan
Owner:  Maria Elena Pineda
Telephone:  (506) 354-8065 or (506) 301-8809 or (506) 278-3998 or (506) 252-6262 or (505) 270-2260
Email:  gsolentiname@amnet.com.ni
Hours:  Call first.
Features workshop of primitivist artist Maria Elena Pineda

   

Name:   UNION OF PAINTERS AND ARTISANS OF SOLENTINAME
Address/Directions:  Isla San Fernando, Solentiname, Rio San Juan
Director:  Maria Elena Pineda
Telephone:  (506) 354-8065 or (506) 301-8809 or (506) 278-3998 or (506) 252-6262 or (505) 270-2260
Hours:  Call first.
Features works of primitivist painters , and carvings of balsa woodworkers of Solentiname islands.  Also houses a woodworking workshop of power and hand tools, and offers painting and woodworking classes through international visiting artists.

Name:  PARQUE NACIONAL VOLCAN MASAYA
Address/Directions:  Km. 23 Carretera Managua-Masaya
Director:  Unavailable.
Telephone:  (505) 522-5415
Hours:  Call first.
Features archaeological, anthropological and natural history exhibits pertaining to the Masaya Volcano and surrounding geographical area.
   
Name:  MUEBLES CLASICOS TIPOS RUSTICOS
Address/Directions:  Calle al Mirador, Iglesia Catolica 1/2 c. al este, Catarina.
Owner:  Ismael Munoz Guerrero
Telephone:  (505) 854-9689 or (505) 828-0509
Hours:  Call first.
Features hand carved furniture, wooden sculpture and home accessories in a very small, crowded home showroom.  Lots of interesting and changing inventory.
Name:  TALLER DE MADERA Y ESCULTURA ALVARO CASTELLON
Address/Directions:  Iglesia San Sebastian, 1-2 c. al Sur, 1 c. al Este. Masaya / Monimbo
Owner:  Alvaro Castellon
Telephone:  (505) 895-8807 or (505) 413-8412
Email:  aacastellon@yahoo.com
Hours:  Call first.
Features workshop of wood carver and baul (trunk) maker Alvaro Castellon.  Includes 3 generations of wood workers.
   
Name:  EL REFUGIO
Address/Directions:  Isla Mancarron, Solentiname
Telephone:  Unavailable
Hours:  Various.
Features small cluster of homes of basa wood carvers.  Just wander and chat with carvers working on their front verandas or in their open air workshops.
Name:  TALLER DE ARTESANIA JUAN SANCHEZ
Address/Directions:  Frente al campo de beisbol de San Juan de Oriente
Telephone:  (505) 831-6302
Owner:  Juan Sanchez
Hours:  Call first.
Features ceramic workshop and showroom of Sanchez family.
   
Name:  ARTESANIA TIKAY
Address/Directions:  Parque Pedro Joaquin Ch., 5 c. al Sur, 1 1/2 c. abajo, Monimbo
Owner:  Francisco Tikay Ortiz
Telephone:  (505) 522-5327
Hours:  Call first.
Features workshop and home of woodworker Francisco Tikay and family.
Name:  ARTESANIAS ANITA
Address/Directions:  Casa Cural 1 c. al Sur, San Juan de Oriente
Owners:  Aldo Bracamontes and Brenda Jimenez
Telephone:  (505) 964-6965
Hours:  Call first.
Features pottery by the owner and family.
   
Name:  SOUVENIR “EL COSTENO”
Address/Directions:  Mercado Viejo, Modulos C-6, H-4
Owner:  Osberto Jerez Molina
Telephone:  (505) 522-6694 or (505) 522-7069
Email:  hotel_elcosteo@yahoo.com
Hours:  Call first.
Features gourmet Nicaraguan coffee, leather goods, pottery and paintings by the owner, who is a native of the east (Caribbean) coast of Nicarauga, as well as paintings by other Nicaraguan artists.
Name:  HARAS CENTAURUS
Address/Directions:  Frente Banpro, Jinotepe, Carazo
Owner:  Peter Holstad
Telephone:  (505) 532-3588
Email:  holstad@ibw.com.ni
Hours:  Call first.
Features high-end leather bags made from sheep raised on the owner’s finca.
   
Name:  STUDIO-GALERIA CLARO / OSCURO
Address/Directions:  Contiguo a Iglesia La Merced, costado Norte, Granada
Director:  Ricardo Maya
Telephone:  (505) 552-4227
Email:  galleria_claroscuro@hotmail.com
Hours:  Call first.
Features work by young Nicaraguan artists.
Name:  MUEBLES RUSTICOS
Address/Directions:  Km. 21 1/2 Carretera Masaya
Owner:  Jaime Aleman
Telephone:  (505) 650-5239
Hours:  Call first.
Features fantastic furniture and home accessories from recycled wood.
   
Name:  FABRICANTES DE PEWTER “EL VOLCAN”
Address/Directions:  Km. 21 Carretera Masaya-Managua, Contiguo a Rancho ferretero
Owner:  Enrique Castellon
Telephone:  (505) 869-3905
Hours:  Call first.
Features hand made pewter dishes, mirrors, and wall art.
Name:  LEONEL BARRIOS Y DAYSIS SANCHEZ
Address/Directions:  Costada sur campo deportivo el Mamey, San Juan de Oriente
Owners:  Leonel Barrios and Daysis Sanchez
Telephone:  (505) 464-1085 or (505) 897-3250
Hours:  Call first.
Features ceramic art by owners.
   
Name:  ARTE EN PEWTER
Address/Directions:  Frente a rotonda del Km 21, Carretera Masaya-Managua, Contiguo al Chavo Soda.
Owners:  Denis Pinel and Erika Ramirez
Telephone:  (505) 612-0369 or (505) 662-3339
Hours:  Call first.
Features dishes, platters, mirrors and gifts in pewter.
Name:  CERAMICA ARTE
Address/Directions:  Frente a la Corte Suprema, San Juan de Oriente
Owner:  Duilio Jimenez e Hijos
Telephone:  (505) 887-3971 or (505) 682-3991 or (505) 813-5426
Hours:  Call first.
Features ceramic art created by the owners.
   
Name:  ARTE EN MARMOLINA
Address/Directions:  Juzgados 4 c. al Norte, 1/2 c. al oeste, San Juan de Limay, Esteli
Owner:  Juan Carlos Sanchez D.
Telephone:  (505) 620-5135
Email:  jc_sanchez@yahoo.com or jc_sanchez@hotmail.com
Hours:  Call first.
Features carved soapstone sculpture by the Sanchez family.
Name:  GALERIA DE ARTE Y MUSEO “CARLOS A. VARGAS”
Address/Directions:  Esquipulas, Isla de Ometepe
Owner:  Carlos A. Vargas
Telephone:  (505) 855-2608
Hours:  Call first.
Features paintings by Carlos Vargas, family members and young emerging Nicaraguan artists.
   
Name:  CASA CATARINA, HOTEL Y RESTAURANTE
Address/Directions:  Costado Oeste del Parque Central de Catarina
Owner:  Unavailable.
Telephone:  (505) 558-0034 or (505) 558-0227
Email:  reservaciones@hotelcasacatarina.com
Hours:  Call first.
Features a small gift shop with paintings and other artisan crafts.
Name:  CENTRO DE ARTE FUNDACION ORTIZ-GURDIAN
Address/Directions:  Casa Don Norberto Ramirez, Parque Central 2 c. al oeste, sobre la Antigua Calle Real, hoy Ruben Dario, frente a Hotel El Convento, Leon.
Owner/Director:  Unavailable.
Telephone:  Unavailable
Hours:  M-F 8:30 AM to 5 PM; Saturday 8:30 AM to noon
Features numerous salons of European, Nicaraguan and Latin American art in a restored historic home in Leon.  Reported to be the best collection of international art in Nicaragua, with an emphasis on images of colonial America.
   
Name:  EL MUSEO OMETEPE
Address/Directions:  Altagracia, Isla de Ometepe
Director:  Unavailable
Telephone:  Unavailable
Hours:  9 AM to 5 PM
Features exhibits of flora, fauna and archaeology of Ometepe, including several large murals.
Name:  MUSEO INSURRECCIONAL LUIS MANUEL TORUNO
Address/Directions:  SW corner of Central Park, in the former Guardia Nacional building, Leon
Owner:  Luis Manuel Toruno
Telephone:  Unavailable
Hours:  No fixed schedule but generally daylight hours.
Features “an incredibly cluttered collection of Sandinista revolution memorabilia”, as described in the Moon Guide to Nicaragua.
   
Name:  MUSEO ALFONSO CORTEZ
Address/Directions:  Across from Parque Ruben Dario, Leon
Director:  Unavailable.
Telephone:  Unavailable.
Hours:  M-F 8 AM to 5 PM
Features personal belongings of Alfonso Cortez, Nicaragua’s beloved metaphysical poet.
Name:  LA CASA DE RUBEN DARIO
Address/Directions:  Leon
Director:  Unavailable.
Telephone:  Unavailable.
Hours:  T-Sat:  9 to Noon and 2-5PM. Sunday 9 to Noon
Features a typical 19th century middle class Nicaraguan home where Nicaragua’s famous poet lived.
   
Name:  EL MUSEO DE TRADICIONES Y LEYENDAS
Address/Directions:  Leon
Owner:  Unavailable
Telephone:  Unavailable
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday:  8:30 AM to Noon and 2-5:30 PM
Features figures of Nicaragua’s favorite folk tales.  Also note the building  itself which was used during the Somozo era as a jail and torture chamber.
Name:  LA CASA DE CULTURA
Address/Directions:  Leon
Director:  Unavailable.
Telephone:  (505) 311-2116
Hours:  M-F 8 AM to Noon and 2-5 PM.
Features an old colonial home with an extensive private art collection.
   
Name:  MUSEO ADIACT
Address/Directions:  Across from the Catedral de Subtiava.
Director:  Unavailable.
Telephone:  Unavailable.
Hours:  M-F  8 AM to Noon and 2-5PM; Saturday 8 AM to Noon
Features local archaeological artifacts.
Name:  MUNICIPAL THEATRE JOSE DE LA CRUZ MENA
Address/Directions:  Leon
Director:  Unavailable.
Telephone:  Unavailable.
Hours:  8 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30  to 5 PM, plus programs at night.
Features cultural shows and programs of a quality rivaling Managua.