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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  • We had an hour to kill before we left Belize so got our local cab driver to take us here. Good insight into the colonial history and slavery connected past of this territory. Some good personal vignet...  more »
  • Small but quaint, this museum is a self guided tour and worth every minute. A great mix of African and Mayan history and all these cultures clashing and mixing through antiquity and modern times was a...  more »
  • The Museum of Belize is worth the visit. The museum itself has been converted from a former prison, and exhibits are displayed on two floors. The upper floor is dedicated to Maya exhibits, and the low...  more »
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  • Perfect ambiance, friendly guides and wonderful experience in general. Applauds to the wonderful few who work here and love their job especially when young inquisitive children are involve.
  • The museum is impressive. They currently are featuring art by locals. They have a good display on cultures of Belize. However, I would like to see more about Creole, Garifuna, Mestizos etc. They have an extensive display on Maya Indians.
  • It's great with all of its amazing culture and heritage. The bold pieces to me was that original pieces are still there.
  • Very interesting and informative. Local art work is beautiful. Nice respite from the heat as well. Worth the $5 ticket.
  • The museum is on 2 floors with slave history with interesting testimonies, equipments, photos and local painters art paints. On 2nd floor it is dedicated to Mayan history, jade and jade head. Worth spending 1 hour if you visit Belize city.

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