Museums in Belize city

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Belize City Museums highlight the country’s past as a British colonial settlement and its African and Indian heritage. Three of the best museums to visit include the Gulsi Garifuna Museum, The House of Culture and the Museum of Belize.

Gulsi Garifuna Museum

This museum celebrates Gulsi, a Garifuna heroine, who created a settlement in the Toledo district. The Garifuna people descended from Africans and Carib Indians and settled in Belize in 1832. UNESCO declared the Garifuna oral history part of the heritage of humanity in 2001. A collection of art, music and artifacts concerning Garifuna spiritual beliefs are this museum’s main focus.

House of Culture

The House of Culture was built in 1814. It served as the residence of the British Governor and housed administrative offices. At one point, it was the seat of power in British Honduras. Today it serves as a historical reminder of British colonial rule. Visitors are welcome from Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entrance is free.

Museum of Belize

In 1857 a prison was erected in accordance with the Queen of England’s wishes. This 2-storey fortress was transformed into a museum. On the first floor, eerie remnants of its death row have been preserved. The second story holds historical photos of Belize’s 350 years of history. Also on this floor are valuable Mayan artifacts and jewelry. A curious collection of insects that are native to Belize are displayed here as well. The museum is open from Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.





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March 28, 2010 change by gabriela sanchez amyot

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