The Museum of Belize
I Love the Musem. It's Fabulous. Their Bug Room is incomparable. Do yourself a favor and visit when you are in Belize City. The building is formerly the old Belize Prison
The Museum occupies the structure built by the British as a prison in 1857 with bricks, called “London Stocks,” that had been used as ballast in British ships. In 1885, additional cells were built, converting the Warden’s Quarters and a portion of the lower stores into 71 male and 6 female cells, including four solitary confinement units. In 1888-89, part of the upper story became the gallows or hanging room, the site of all executions until 1993.
Among the features of the Museum:
- A cool collection of photographs and data about the history of Belize, focusing primarily on Belize City.
- Display about Baron Bliss, a sailor who fell in love with Belize and became the greatest philanthropist of Belize, which includes his will.
- A huge stamp collection reflecting on Belize’s colonial history
- An impressive coin collection
- A display about the devastating 1961 Hurricane Hattie
- Display and history about the Logwood and Mahogany industry
- Collection of bottles of Belize that include medicinal, ink and alcoholic beverage bottles dating back to the 1670’s
- Insects of Belize
- Maya Civilization – including a replica of the famous Jade Head, information on major Maya archaeological sites, display of artifacts, pottery, obsidian and jewelry.
HERE is a great article on the museum in the Ambergris Today.
For more information on the museum:
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Phone: +501 223-4524
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Address: 8 Gabourel Lane, Central Bank Compound, Belize City
Museum of Belize
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