Landmarks in Belize City

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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

Assuming you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum while on vacation in Belize City. You can click on the museum names for full details.

Many travelers choose to visit Government House/House of Culture. It is located in downtown Belize City. While there are no actual exhibits housed at the Government House, it is used for cultural events, and available to be rented out for private functions.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Museum of Belize. It is found within downtown Belize City. Once a prison, in 2002, this expansive property was converted into a museum of cultural importance, the Museum of Belize. More than a cultural museum, however, this spot serves as a center for local children to learn and grow, as it also shares the country's history with visitors.

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 chart below offers more details on some museums you might enjoy 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

In case you enjoy exploring the historical roots of a foreign place, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites while vacationing in Belize City.

One popular destination is Supreme Court Building. It is found within Supreme Court of Belize and found 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 landmark worth visiting is Swing Bridge. It is found within western Belize City. Located in downtown Belize City, the Swing Bridge, circa 1922, is the oldest swing bridge in Central America and the only remaining manually operated swing bridge in the world.

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.

View the following table to find out more about 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

Luckily, Belize City offers other attractions. Those wanting to get more information about other attractions by visiting this page.


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