National Palace

National Palace which includes heritage architecture and an administrative buidling

National Palace

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Once at the heart of national affairs this neoclassical building is now home to a fascinating science, natural history and art museum.

The National Palace (Palacio Nacional de la Cultura) was once the seat of Nicaragua’s government, but today it houses the vast collections of the National Museum. Spend a day inside the neoclassical building to learn about the country’s spectacular geography and how its inhabitants have shaped its history. Browse ancient ceramics, tools and other artifacts and enjoy the work of some of the country’s best artists.

Journey more than 500 million years back in time when you visit the Natural History Room. Pick up insights into the formation of Nicaragua’s lakes and hold samples of volcanic minerals from around the country. Children will love the area dedicated to the first animals on Earth with toys that provide an interactive learning experience.

See skeletons of large prehistoric mammals inside the Paleontology Room. Don’t miss the skeletal remains of a giant anteater and a whale.

In the Room of Pre-Columbian Ceramics, uncover a wealth of antique pottery. Statues, tools and jewelry dating from between 2000 B.C. and the beginning of the 16th century are on display. In the Metate Room, find stone instruments used by ancient tribes to process corn. The tools were created from volcanic rocks and are more than 1,200 years old.

Art lovers will be impressed by the work of artists from the Latin American region that are displayed in the Latin American Room. The museum also hosts temporary art exhibitions in the Rodrigo Peñalba Room.

The National Palace is open daily and there is a small admission fee to pay. Bilingual tour guides are available. The palace is located in the Plaza de la Republica, also known as the Plaza de la Revolución, in the historic center of Managua. Other important buildings on the square are the old Cathedral and Casa Presidential, the office of the President of Nicaragua.

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2.5 out of 5
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