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 like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Belize City. Click on the each name for additional information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is 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 landmark that often intrigues visitors is Museum of Belize. It is found in 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 table directly below summarizes more information about some museums to choose from 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

If you like to learn about the history of an unfamiliar place, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites while vacationing in Belize City.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Supreme Court Building. It is situated at Supreme Court of Belize and found within 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. 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.

Take a look at the table just below for more information on 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

Bear in mind, you'll be able to find other kinds attractions available. Click on this link to check out our guide to other interesting attractions for Belize City.


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