Belize City Landmarks

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There is no better place to start than Belize City to learn about the culture, heritage, and history of the entire country.  As the nation's capital, not only will you get to experience government buildings, but museums that have been erected specifically to keep the past at the forefront of the city's mind as it moves towards the modern era, and a fort which once provided protection in a time of struggle. 


Government House/House of Culture

If you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. To read additional information regarding each museum, click on the name.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Government House/House of Culture. It is located in downtown Belize City. Set in Belize City, the Government House, also known as the House of Culture, served as the seat of government for over 150 years as well as the private residence for numerous notable names. With so much history housed in one spot, it only makes sense that it would now serve as a social and cultural center.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Museum of Belize. It is found in downtown Belize City. Collections at the Museum of Belize include a stamp of Queen Victoria circa 1837, historic artifacts, and Maya pottery. Additionally, visitors have the opportunity to step inside a well-preserved jail cell.

Maritime Museum: As a country set along the Caribbean Sea, it is easy to gleam how important the sea is to the people of Belize. The Maritime Museum deconstructs the relationship between the two entities, through exhibits that feature numerous historical artifacts as well as photographs and models.

The following table enables you to get some key facts concerning some available museums in and around the area.

Museums In and Around Belize City
Name Phone Location
Government House/House of Culture (501) 227-3050 Downtown Belize City
Maritime Museum (501) 223-1395 Downtown Belize City
Museum of Belize (501) 223-4524 Downtown Belize City
Old Belize (501) 222-4153 4.6 mi. West-Southwest of Central Belize City

Historical Sites

Supreme Court Building

Enjoy learning about the history of countries you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions during your vacation.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Supreme Court Building. It can be found at Supreme Court of Belize and located in western Belize City. The building that stands as the Belize Supreme Court building today was built in 1926 and is the third incarnation of the facility. The first two burnt to the ground, first in 1820,, then again in 1918.

Another popular destination is Swing Bridge. It is located in western Belize City. Visitors come from around the world to walk across the bridge and stop at several observation points that offer views of the Belize River. Many stay late to watch the daily evening opening, which causes traffic jams on both sides of the bridge, but is a part of daily life in Belize City.

Yarborough Cemetary: Used between the years of 1787 and 1896, the Yarborough Cemetary was the first cemetery in British Honduras. Though it began as a burial site for Anglican Church Members, it soon became open to the general public, and soon after that was filled to capacity.

Take a moment to look through this table for information concerning historic sites in Belize City.

Historic Sites In Belize City
Name Phone Location
Baron Bliss Memorial & Fort George Lighthouse -- Downtown Belize City
Supreme Court Building 227-4387 Downtown Belize City
Swing Bridge -- Downtown Belize City
Yarborough Cemetary -- Downtown Belize City

If you want to learn about a wider selection of attractions beyond just these, you can cast a wider net. Visit this extended discussion which is all about even more attractions if you want to discover additional details.


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