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 learning about other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. To read full details concerning each museum, try clicking on the name.

One popular destination is Government House/House of Culture. It is located within 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.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Museum of Belize. It is located 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 table just below lists more information about some museums to consider 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

Do you enjoy learning some of the history of foreign countries? If that's the case, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites while vacationing in Belize City.

One popular destination is Supreme Court Building. It can be found 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 interesting landmark worth visiting is Swing Bridge. It is located 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: The cemetery is open all day every day to the public, though it is recommended that you visit this spot in daylight hours.

You can look through the following table to read more about historic sites in the area.

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

Fortunately, there are other kinds attractions available. Navigate to this extended discussion about even more attractions if you want to find out more information.


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