The art center of the Ortiz Gurdián Foundation is composed of two restored, colonial buildings. Each building houses different expositions of paintings, sculptures, images, and contemporary arts.
The first building shows pieces of art in a time path, beginning with artistic objects from the 16th century and ending with contemporary arts. In the second building you can find more exhibits of contemporary arts.
The objects are lent from several other art galleries. There are also works from artists who participated in national art bienales, including pieces from an Austrian school, an Ecuadorian school, and a Peruvian school.
The entrance fee:
- Foreigners visitors: US$2
- Nicaraguans: C$20
- University students with Id: C$10
- Teachers with schoolar group (up to 20 people): courtesy.
- Guided visit: C$30
Free entrance on Sunday
The center is in the old center of León, in the opposite corner to Iglesia San Francisco. From the Southwest corner of the central park, go 2 block to the West.
Susan & Michael wrote on Nov 27, 2019:
We love this museum and every time we have guests we bring them To the museum.
Mary Luckel wrote on Feb 2, 2017:
I have an original painting done by Ismael Antonio Tercero Ruiz and I am wondering if he is still painting and if so what may his paintings be worth today. He was born in 1984 in a town of San Marcos Nicaragua. He studied painting from a professional painter but he named no name of that person. Does anyone know of this artist
Tlynn wrote on Aug 10, 2013:
This is a must see for any art lover. I had the opportunity to visit in June of 2013 and they were showcasing some awesome works by emerging contemporary artists.
Peter Joseph Zelaya wrote on Apr 22, 2012:
To all my compatriots Nicas. I recomend a visit to our the must beatifull museum! The collections are diverse and full of surprises. Totally unexpected. A great experience for the whole family. Enjoy your visit! On my next trip I am going back!! See if I missed anything! Or just love it!
Bill and Helen Wiley wrote on Aug 8, 2010:
One of the highlights of our month in Nicaragua was our visit here in June, 2010. A presentation of art on a caliber one would expect in Europe, not in poor Nicaragua. The setting is special and worth a visit in its own right, being the former home of Nicaraguan presidents when Leon was the national capital.
Ligia wrote on Feb 16, 2010:
An amazing collection of work of art! It is indeed one of the best collections I've ever seen!
J Straw wrote on Sep 5, 2008:
A must for all visitors to Leon. The extensive collection is outstanding and varied. Take the time to browse the all the galleries. A unique international collection that should not be missed.
john hartigan wrote on Feb 26, 2008:
An excellent collection, well worth a visit.
Clifford Bland wrote on Mar 5, 2007:
Most tourist guides are unaware of the world-class exhibition of Rembrant pen-and-ink drawings in this museum. There would be line-ups to see them in major cities around the world. We travelled with another company and were told that the gallery only had "modern art", Luckily we wondered in late in the afternoon. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Roksolana wrote on Sep 29, 2006:
I am trying to find out more information about the actual Foundation.
Would you be able to direct me to a contact or site?
Julia Calouro wrote on Jun 11, 2006:
I visited the museum while in Nicaragua and was absolutely delighted with its contents. There were 4 Picasso's and I would like to know the titles of the 4 pieces. If you would be so kind to forward this information, I would be very grateful.
john wrote on May 9, 2006:
absolutely great...i enjoyed the gallery very much...there is lots to see here. It was well organized and time well spent