Tortugas and Art

Not far away from the central square of León, Nicaragua, you can discover a rather unexpected pleasure, the Centro de Arte Fundación Ortiz Gurdián. Next to the San Francisco church you can enter a large and well-maintained art museum. It is a private museum financed by two private entrepreneurs and art collectors. Inaugurated in the year 2000 it is today often seen as the best museum for contemporary art in Central America.

Centro de Arte Fundación Ortiz Gurdian, Léon (Nicaragua)
Centro de Arte Fundación Ortiz Gurdian, Léon (Nicaragua)

The Ortiz Gurdián is located in two buildings (you just need to cross the road in the middle of your visit) and has sections for art from Nicaragua, Latin America and Europe. And if you’re tired you can just stay in one of the beautiful rooms hosting the art: they are most often open, filled with plants and water, sometimes also with turtles living in. Maybe art collectors in Europe would argue that these aren’t the best conditions to preserve art – but they’re the definitely the best conditions to view art. The collection is large, plan at least two hours for a visit.

Centro de Arte Fundación Ortiz Gurdian
Avenida 3 Poniente

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