The Pre-Columbian museum in Chagüitillo was opened in 2005 with help from a city in France, and it is one of the most interesting places in the area of Sébaco to learn more about the rich history of this region. In the zone of Chagüitillo (a small settlement 4 kilometers from the city of Sébaco) there are several archeological sites where hundreds of petroglyphs and other ancient objects can be found.
Preservation of these pieces has been threatened as these same archeological sites are used by farmers and other people who, lacking education about the value of these objects, use the area for their daily activities. Certain pieces where therefore collected and are now on display at the museum. In addition to these archeological pieces, the museum of Chagüitillo also provides interesting information about the different indigenous groups that lived in Nicaragua and in this area in particular.
Visitors who want to know even more about the petroglyphs can visit one of the two main finding sites where many other pieces can be found. These areas have not yet been protected and there is no tourism infrastructure whatsoever, but the museum can arrange guides from the same village for people who want to explore these rather uninvestigated locations.
The entrance fee to the museum is less than US$1.00 and the guided tours cost between US$3.5 and US$4. Inexpensive meals and lodging can also be arranged at the museum, directly benefiting the local community.
The village of Chagüitillo is located close to the city of Sébaco, heading in the direction of Matagalpa. There are signs next to the road that point where to take a left (coming from Sébaco) to find the museum. It is only a couple minutes from the main road.