Since 2001, the Judith Kain House Museum has been a space dedicated to the history, ethnography and culture of the people of the Caribbean Coast. It has multiple spaces where images and figures of the Caribbean coast are showcased, their diverse culture, religion, gastronomy, dances and mythology. The museum is also inspired by the work of Judith Kain, who was a leading Caribbean painter interested in promoting her region culture.
The entry fee to the Museum is free. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM, and on Saturday from 2 PM to 3 PM. This cultural space used to be the home of Miss Judith, which was expanded at its two plants. On the ground floor is the lobby, which displays sculptures and paintings by local artists as well as Miss Judith paintings, and next to it begins the children's corner where painting classes for children are taught. If visitors enters this room, they can enjoy the colorful paintings that show the smallest perception about culture and nature.
On the second floor, you can find in an orderly form, 4 sections that allow tourists to enter through images, paintings, sculptures, writings and historical objects in the lifestyle of an ancient culture known for its mythologies, legends, expression, religion and traditions, among the Miskito, German and English cultures. If you are interested in these topics, you can enjoy the painting representing the seven gods that created the region or the drawing of the Miskito calendar governed by the moon, hanging on the roof of the museum.
Along with the region cultural - historical testimony, there is a whole section dedicated to the life of Judith Kain. In this room are presented in good condition all the personal belongings of the woman promoter of her regional culture.
In the back of the museum 3 more sections are distributed over the upper and lower floors. The construction of the rear of the house is surrounded by trees and has a terrace with sea stones decorated floor and tables which allow visitors to enjoy a pleasant evening while reading a book or creating drawings inspired by their surroundings.
Situated on the top floor is the Map room where you can find maps of the ancient Moskitia kingdom, indegenous regions, Nicaragua maps dating from 1855, Biosphere Reserves, Mayagna territory and indigenous regions of Nicaragua. In addition, this room is also used as a screening room with a capacity of up to 60 seats. The rent is US$50 a day with coffee, water and equipment included. Snacks are priced at C$50 cordobas and lunch at C$100 cordobas.
The next room is named The Tissues Room where you can find costumes from different Indian regions around the world. There are costumes from Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina, Palestine, Amazon and Miskito suits made of tuno (rubber tree bark). You can also observe wooden and glass crafts and musical instruments characteristic of indigenous areas.
Judith Kain House Museum also develops science fairs, crafts, dance workshops, painting and music, and revitalization activities with the aim of integrating the entire national population and to inform international tourists the importance and value of Miskito culture.
It is quite easy to get to the museum. In ViaNica.com we recommend you to take as reference point the Central Park, from where you should walk 5 bloks North, and then 1 block West, in Barrio El aeropuerto. The museum is in the corner, you will identiy it by a sign in font wall.
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