Museum of Belize, Belize City

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Learn about Belize’s history as you tour Museum of Belize. The museum, which was built in 1857, was originally a prison. Once protecting citizens from criminals, it now safeguards valuable artifacts of cultural and historical significance. Head inside the 19th century, two-storey building to find Mayan exhibits dating back some 3,000 years, an insect exhibit, collections of coins and stamps, and many cultural exhibits relating to many of the nation’s ethnicities. You can also learn about the prison’s history, as well discovering what life was like during colonial times. Museum of Belize is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Belize City Edition.
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  • I loved the museum. It is dimly lit in certain areas but otherwise a very enriching experience. The front desk person was very helpful and there is free WiFi if you’d like to upload photos instantly. ...  more »
  • It's a pretty small museum but for $5 USD, it was a nice way to kill some time out of the sun. Spent about an hour and a half there, could be completed in under an hour truly. There were only 3 exhibi...  more »
  • The Belize Museum is a small but well-presented exhibition space in what used to be the mail jail. Mayan (and other) history is well done and the sad sections on the slave trade are important reminder...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful experience for the second time since i was a kid coming to the OLD PRISON (Museum of Belize). It has upgraded to nice cold AC, very clean and precise. Beautiful history for a quick learn of the Old Belize that once was. ❤
  • I am off dual nationality. Irish and British. Born and lived all my life in the North of Ireland. So being an Ex British Soldier, I know a lot about the British Empire. However visiting this museum I would NEVER tell anyone I'm British. The horror that went on in the times that Belize was being inhabited was just unthinkable. I won't go into the history lesson, no sane person liked history at school but if you are in Belize City, visit this place. Sign the visitors book and please leave a donation.
  • Was not open on a Monday, but they still opened the gates for us. Nice little Museum with a lot to read. Good if you have some time to kill.
  • Really interesting information about the country and its people. The guides we were with was very informative. Really enjoyed.
  • The Museum of Belize has a beautiful collection of Jades that have been excavated at the different Archaeological Sites throughout the country of Belize!
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