Belize Museum

Posted By: Marty

Belize Museum - 02/04/12 03:21 PM

Belize Museum Celebrates A Decade

In 2002, Belize's first central prison - known as "back-a-baptist" to us city folk - became a showcase for some of Belize's richest historical treasures. And now, ten years later, the Museum of Belize is still the repository for important pieces of Belize's culture and history. On Sunday, February 5th The Museum will be celebrating its 10th anniversary, and it is doing it with a bang. Not only can Belizeans now enter the museum free on Saturdays, but the celebration for this anniversary will continue for 10 days; one for each year that has passed. Each day will have its own activity, and on Wednesday the 15th of February one of Belize's most precious artifacts will be showcased: The real Jade Head will be on display for the entire day. Shari Williams spoke with us briefly about the 10th anniversary and the activities that will follow.

Shari Williams, NICH
"On Monday will be our 10th anniversary. To commemorate this 10th anniversary we are going to have 10 days of activities starting on Sunday. Sunday we are inviting parents to bring out their children - we are having a fun day. We are having Ozzy the clown, games, all sorts of entertainment, free tours. So it's going to be free of cost and so we are inviting parents to drop by with their children for a day of fun activities."

"One of the things we are kicking off is; we realize that a lot of Belizeans are not visiting the museum as much as we hope they would and so for this 10th anniversary we are opening the museum on Saturdays for free. Bring your children and your family and just use that day on Saturday from 9-4 to visit the museum free of cost."

"The big day is Wednesday 15th. This is the last day of the 10 days activities. What we are doing is bringing out the Jade Head. The Jade Head has not been on exhibit in Belize since 2009. So for that one day only we are bringing it out. Bringing the Jade Head includes maximum security, a lot of detail and so for only that day we are going to have it on exhibition at the Museum of Belize."

"We are asking school to call in and book your space and of course it will be open to the general public."

Robin Schaffer
"So all these activities just showcase each aspect of the Museum and Belizean culture alike?"

Shari Williams, NICH
"Yes definitely, 10 years is a remarkable time, it's a time that we should celebrate our culture and history and the fantastic work that the staff at the Museum of Belize has been doing. Since opening our doors; every year we see about 15,000 visitors. The Museum of Belize has been doing an incredible job and 10 years is a milestone that we want to share with the Belizean people."

To kick off the celebrations, the Museum will host a family fun day, starting at 10am, featuring games and other activities for children and free tours of the Museum.

Channel 7

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum Celebrates A Decade - 02/04/12 03:25 PM

Jade Head display on Museum’s 10th Anniversary

Shari Williams

The Museum of Belize is observing its tenth anniversary. Home to historical pieces of the Belizean Culture and an attraction for tourists, the museum is celebrating with ten days of entertaining and educational activities. Shari Williams, Communications Officer for the National Institute of Culture and History, says the celebrations will kick off on Sunday and culminate with the highlight… the Jade Head Display.

Shari Williams, Communications Officer, NICH

“Well, this year actually, Sunday February the fifth will mark the tenth anniversary of the Museum of Belize and of course we felt that this was a milestone. The Museum of Belize since opening its doors approximately sees about fifteen thousand visitors yearly and so we felt that it was important to celebrate this tenth anniversary with the people of Belize. So we decided to do ten days of activities starting Sunday February the fifth. We are having a fun. We’re inviting parents to bring in the children; to join the staff to sing happy birthday, cut the cake, Ozzie the Clown—so it’s going to be like a children’s party but in grand fashion. Free tours for the kids. So bring the kids over. It begins at ten a.m. till five p.m. in the evening all day long—free everything. On Monday, we are going to have a storytelling session with Miss Myrna Manzanarez sharing Creole stories. On Tuesday we are bringing in former superintendent Bernard Adolphus to share what prison life was like. On Wednesday we have under the Ya’axche Tree, a book presentation by David Ruiz. Thursday, museum membership drive. We are inviting people to become a member of the museum. There is a lot of wonderful things when you become a member of the museum: behind the scene tours, invitation to members only events and stuff like that. On Friday, a walk down memory lane; we’re bringing in the seenagers from HelpAge Belize to reminisce about what life was like in Belize back in the day. On Saturday; one of the things we are launching on February fifth is every single Saturday starting February fifth, Belizeans can enter the museum for free. So we are encouraging more Belizeans. Every year, thousands of visitors come from abroad to visit the museum and our museum is right here and we are not using it as much as we should. So we are inviting people, Belizeans to come in for a tour; bring your kids, bring the family. On Monday and Tuesday we are having children’s art workshop and the big day of course is on Wednesday the fifteenth. That’s the last day of the ten days of activities and we are bringing out the Jade. The jade has not been on display since 2009. Of course when we bring out the Jade Head we have to have maximum security; a lot of details, a lot of planning. So for that one day only, we are going to have the Jade Head on exhibit.”

Schools are invited to call the Museum of Belize to schedule a time for viewing the Jade Head.

Channel 5

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum Celebrates A Decade - 02/04/12 03:35 PM


The Museum of Belize will be celebrating its tenth anniversary and along with NICH have prepared a week of activities for the Belizean public.

Shari Williams – Communications Officer, NICH
“On Sunday February 5, the Museum of Belize will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. 10 years ago the Museum of Belize opened its door to the Belizean people and of course visitors from far and wide. To celebrate this momentous occasion, what you have to understand that since opening its doors we see about 15,000 visitors every year this includes students, tourists, the general public and so we felt that being the tenth anniversary we needed to celebrate in grand style and we needed to celebrate with the people of Belize because this is an achievement not only for the Museum but for the entire country. We decided to put together ten days of activities. It kicks off on Sunday; the first activity is a fun day for the children mainly. We are inviting parents to drop by with your children, we are having face painting, Ozzy the Clown, they will be singing happy birthday with the staff, cutting the cake, it is like a kids party, we want to invite more and more children to visit the Museum, we are offering free tours on that day. On Monday we are bringing in Miss Myrna Manzanarez and she will be doing some Creole stories, on Tuesday we are bringing in former superintendent Bernard Adolphus, he was the last Superintendent of the prison and he will be sharing with us what it was like being at the Central Prison. On Wednesday we have a book presentation on David Ruiz, on Thursday we have Museum membership drive, on Friday a walk down memory lane, we are bringing in the seenagers from Help Age Belize to reminisce what it was like living in Belize back in the days. ON Saturday Belizeans enter free. One of the things we are launching for tenth anniversary is every Saturday starting February 5, it is free for all Belizeans, the Museum is open on Saturdays from nine to four so bring in your kids. On Monday and Tuesday we have children’s art workshop and on Wednesday we are bringing out the Jade head. The Jade Head is under lock and key, it is in Belize but we have it locked up because it is the biggest jade ever found in the Meso America Maya homeland and so we usually keep it in a safe place.”

Williams says they are inviting schools to call in and book an appointment to manage the flow of students for the viewing of the Jade Head. For further information on the week of activities you can contact the office at NICH or visit them on their website, Facebook or Twitter.

Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: Belize Museum Celebrates A Decade - 02/04/12 04:13 PM

MOB is wonderful and great opportunity to see the Jade Head, rarely taken out of the vault in Belmopan. The JH is fascinating and beautiful. Go!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum Celebrates A Decade - 02/11/12 01:01 AM

Inside Her Majesty’s Prison with Bernard Adolphus

The Museum of Belize was inaugurated in 2002 and turned 10 this past Sunday, February 5. There is a full schedule of activities planned, and Belizeans can take advantage of the opportunity to tour the building, once the site of Her Majesty’s Prison from 1857 to 1993, when the current structure at Hattieville (now privatized) was established.

On Tuesday night, February 7, a small coterie of interested Belizeans, including this reporter, voluntarily walked behind the former prison walls to listen to tales of yesteryear told skillfully and spellbindingly by former Superintendent of Prisons, Bernard Adolphus.

Adolphus served as a senior policeman and officer in the Belize Defence Force before taking over the prison in the early 1980’s, a position from which he retired at its privatization in the early 2000’s. He has seen, heard, and done it all, and last night lectured on the origins, history and secrets of a building that has withstood two major hurricanes and fires in 1982 and 1993.

Her Majesty’s Prison was started in 1854 with convict labor and opened in 1857, a formal replacement for a wooden structure at the present site of First Caribbean International Bank in downtown Belize City, at Albert and Church Streets. (According to Adolphus, other holding cells were in place in the Supreme Court yard, behind Price Premier Products, formerly Macmillan Brothers, and behind the former offices and studio of Great Belize Television, Channel 5, all on Regent Street.)

It was “hard bread, hard labour [and] hard bed” for the occupants of the new jail, subjected to a strict regime from sun-up to sun-down in the forbidding structure commonly termed “Back-A-Baptist,” in reference to its location behind what is now the Queen Street Baptist Church and School. The local Baptist mission had previously owned the 1-acre property, and part of it was given over to the Public Works Department and later the Central Bank.

The 89 used cells of the 102 built in the structure (the remainder serving as offices, a library, padded cell etc.), housed the most infamous and dangerous criminals to walk the Belizean land – as well as some who Adolphus believes may not have deserved the harsh life meted out to them because of their circumstances.

Her Majesty’s Prison also witnessed as many as 18 recorded executions of persons convicted of murder. The records that Adolphus has go back to the 1930’s, stretch through the 50’s with the likes of John Aldana and Marcus O’Brien, and go up to the last person hanged in Belize, 18-year-old Kent Bowers, in 1985. The execution of the only woman to face death for murder in recorded Belizean history, Nora Parham, took place here in 1963 (but Adolphus denied that she was pregnant at the time, as other accounts have stated, as that is a condition that would ordinarily halt execution.)

Adolphus stated plainly that he did not believe that Bowers would be executed today because of “the real story” behind the killing of Robert Codd in 1984 and the need of authorities to find a scapegoat for execution because of the rising crime rate at the time, but because of the victim’s position in society and certain other factors he declined to go into great detail.

The prison focused on rehabilitating prisoners by taking away their comforts. Food was mostly Spartan – bread and tea or coffee at breakfast and dinner time, while lunch was usually stewed beans, white rice and fish, with rice and beans on Sundays. Then as now, there was drug smuggling, “bora”-making and other illegal activity going on, which the dedicated prison officers did their best to stamp out.

Among the primary differences between then and now, says Adolphus, was that the prisoners were put to work, meaningfully. They would march, shackled, through the downtown on route to their assigned workstations at the Government Printer, Government House and elsewhere. One was even assigned to take care of the horse of Minister responsible for Prisons, the late David McKoy, a horseracing enthusiast, until he was relieved of his duties after stealing the horse’s ration of oats for himself on the excuse of hunger.

Satellite camps were maintained at Gracie Rock, Belize District, and at the Lynam (ANRI) campus grounds in Stann Creek, the latter for first offenders until a change of the laws in the early 1980’s. Adolphus recalled that despite their difficulties and backgrounds, many of the men in his care were talented and showed a willingness to reform their habits. For those lacking in education, special programs were instituted, often under the care of ‘trustee’ prisoners. For those who, on the other hand, refused to behave, there was the dreaded “cat-o-nine-tails” or tambran whip to keep them in line.

Adolphus regaled the audience with stories of “Passam,” the habitual escaper who had a ball and chain tied to his leg to restrict his movements; one Edgar Maradiaga, aka “Papaito,” jailed at Her Majesty’s pleasure for a gruesome assault on a priest after being found insane; the prisoner who kept escaping and getting caught looking for food, so prison officials gave him as much as he wanted on a large pigtail bucket cover; two characters who “played dead” in the morgue while on the run from prison officers and police at the old City Hospital on Eve Street, around the corner; the father and son, Clarence and Daniel Gentle, who were on death row at the same time for crimes committed separately in different parts of the country (though only Daniel was eventually executed); the big men in charge, including former technical advisor John Ross and former Superintendent and Adolphus’s mentor, Philip Campbell (deceased); among countless others.

The emphasis, Adolphus concluded, was on discipline and performance on the job, and on keeping law and order, a task at which Belize has lost ground over the years. He wanted young Belizeans who believe that the current system is “soft” and easy on them to know that they will pay the consequences for their actions in one way or another, and called on society to restore that sense of discipline that existed in olden days.

Activities at the Museum continue for the next week and a half, with various presentations culminating in the display of the Jade Head at the Museum grounds on February 15.


Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum Celebrates A Decade - 02/16/12 02:34 PM

Jade head on display for students

The Museum of Belize is celebrating its ten year anniversary since it opened its doors. One of the hallmarks of the museum is its Maya exhibit. The exhibit was bolstered today with the inclusion of the Jade Head. The priceless object had not been on display in a few years; however, the museum’s director said it was exhibited particularly for primary school students to appreciate.

Sherilyne Jones, Director, Museum of Belize

“We decided to do ten days of activities to celebrate this milestone and today is the last day of that ten days span and so we decided to bring the jade head out on a special treat for the Belizean public and the general public so that they can come out and really get a chance to see this unique rare object that’s home.”

Jose Sanchez

“It’s been a while since it’s been on public display right?”

Sherilyne Jones

Sherilyne Jones

“Yes the last time it came out was in 2009 when it went on a countrywide tour, but since 2009 it has not been out.”

Jose Sanchez

“I notice you have a lot of students passing through. What information about the jade head is being shared with them today?”

Sherilyne Jones

“Well basically we’ve explained to them the size, the importance, where it was found, the weight, when it was discovered and we try to explain to them the tomb because we do have a replica of the tomb here at the Museum of Belize.”

Jose Sanchez

“So essentially this si one of our great national objects; it’s also on the money. How are the kids? Are they excited about seeing it?”

Sherilyne Jones

“They are so excited. It’s funny. We get all sort s of questions. One guy asked us; if that is the head, where’s the body? They want to know if it is the real one. If it has been sold? So we want to reassure the public again because it’s not something that is always on display, but we want to reassure the public that it is the authentic jade head that was discovered in Altun Ha in 1968 and today is an unique opportunity to come and see it.”

Channel 5

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum Celebrates A Decade - 02/16/12 02:55 PM

I Saw The Crown Jewel Of Belize - The Jade Head of Altun Ha

On February 15th 2012, for the 10 year anniversary of the Museum of Belize, the crown jewel of Belize was unlocked from its vault and put on display for ONE DAY ONLY. I had to take a trip to Belize City.

The Mayan site of Altun Ha is located 31 miles north of Belize City and there, in 1968, an archaeologist from Canada made an amazing discovery. The Jade Head along with forty other objects, had been placed within a large tomb that was located below the stairs in one of the temples. The elderly adult male, probably an important ruler of the site during his lifetime, was buried with this jewel around 600 AD. And remained untouched for over 1300 years.

This one day exhibition and opening of the second floor of the museum was well worth travelling to Belize City for...

The museum is located in one of the colonial sections of the city in the old Belize City prison. School kids were out in droves to see the jade piece.

Entrance to the museum was free for the day for Belizeans and photography permitted as long as you had your flash off. We went up to the second floor (always closed on my previous trips since that is where the most valuable jade and pottery is kept - there is just not enough security).

THE JADE HEAD! Weighing almost 10lbs and about the size of a baby's noggin, the head of Altun Ha remains the single largest carved jade object ever discovered in the Mayan area.

One of my favorite parts was the display showing how the jade head was found in the tomb. The body was surrounded by tools, jewelry, art and the jade head tucked under his arm.

The head of Altun Ha wasn't the only amazing artifact on display, there were masks and jewels from as early as 300 BC. Things found all over Belize at the various sites.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos on San Pedro Scoop

Posted By: BrusselSprout

Re: Belize Museum Celebrates A Decade - 02/16/12 08:18 PM

The Jade Head rocks. Let's bring it out more often!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum Celebrates A Decade - 02/17/12 02:58 PM

Belize Jade Head - The Maya Sun God - Kinich Ahau displayed for one day only at the Musuem of Belize

On February 15th, 2011, for one day only, The Museum of Belize (NICH) offered the general public a rare glimpse into the past by showcasing a magnificent and unique Maya Artifact that is near and dear to the nation of Belize and its people, the Jade Head of the Sun God, Kinich Ahau.
Unedited for purpose of realism of color and tones
Photos by: Will Moreno
The Belize Maya Jade Head of the Maya Sun God (Kinich Ahau) was removed from the vault and its casing from an undisclosed location to see the light of day once again in Belize. Many proud Belizeans including school children, as well as, cruise tour visitors lined up at the Museum of Belize to share a rare glimpse of this beautiful Maya Jade Head and Jewel of Belize.
It was a truly inspiring and amazing experience to work alongside the Museum of Belize (NICH) as the Jade Head of Kinich Ahau was unveiled to the public. Capturing images of visitors and the beautiful Maya artifact is an experience I will hold near and dear to my heart. Standing there capturing the images had me wondering what if this silent, yet so beautiful Maya Jade Head of Belize could speak. I can just imagine the wonderful stories of the life of the Maya that it would tell!
The famous Maya Jade head was discovered in 1968 by Dr. David Pendergast of the Royal Ontario Museum of Canada and several of his Belizean workers that were working at the Maya site of Altun Ha in Belize. The Maya Ruin of Altun Ha is conveniently located 31 miles north of Belize City off the old northern highway.
The Jade Head along with forty other objects were found in a large tomb that was located located just below the stair block on the Temple of The Masonry Altars (Structure B4). The roof of the tomb had already collapsed from the growth of the roots of trees growing at the site and penetrating the tomb. The tomb contained the remains of a elderly adult male, who was likely an important ruler of the famous Maya site during his time.  Although the exact date the Jade Head was carved is unknown the analysis of the cultural remains found in the tomb dates back to somewhere around 600 and 650 A.D.  It is believed that the Maya took months maybe even years to create such a significant jade masterpiece using the primitive carving tools of their time. The Maya Ruler may have commissioned an artist to to produce the Jade Head to commemorate the important events of his life and his time as ruler of the site. The Jade Head may have also been passed down from generation to generation finally ending up in this Maya ruler's tomb due to his importance.
This, not only beautiful, but also remarkable piece of Maya artwork, is significant because its the only one ever found in the Mundo Maya. It was carved from one solid piece of jade which was the most precious of stones to the Maya. According to the studies done on the Jade Head, it is believed that the large piece of jade that was used to carve this Maya masterpiece came from the Motagua River Valley area in Guatemala.
Weighing only 9.75 pounds and measuring 5.86 inches high, the magnificent Maya Jade Head of Kinich Ahau, The Maya Sun God has a marbled effect and resembles that beautiful green hue of the Caribbean Sea that caresses the shores of Belize. This is truly a Jewel of the Mayas and a Jewel of Belize. It is a sight to behold!
For more images of the wonderful experience you can check with the Museum of Belize (NICH) or Will Moreno


Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 02/18/12 02:40 PM

National Treasure of Belize: Maya Jade Head in Exhibit
The Museum of Belize was officially inaugurated 10 years ago on February 5th, 2002. The building itself was once used as “Her Majesty’s Prison”, and contained a total of 102 cells. In 1998, the Government handed the old prison to NICH and for the next two years the building was refurbished and converted into the Museum.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Museum hosted a 10-day celebration. Activities included special guest lectures, book presentations, art workshops and special exhibition featuring the Jade Head. The priceless object which had not been on display for quite a few years was particularly displayed for primary school students.

According to Sheryline Jones, Director of the Museum of Belize, the last time the exhibit was out for public display was in 2009. She continued by stating that students were given basic information about the Jade Head like its size, weight, where and when it was found among other important details.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today

Museum of Belize: Social Studies

A virtual tour of the Museum of Belize. We mainly focused on the Jades of Belize, which was a section found in the museum itself.

The Belize Museum, Formerly, Her Majestys Prison

Video of the Museum..... Day Trip from San Pedro, can be combined with Cave Tubing, Mayan Ruins, Jungle Zip Line
Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 05/20/15 11:24 AM

A Trip To The Museum Of Belize

Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: Belize Museum - 05/21/15 06:25 PM

The museum is beautiful, and very very well done. Some of the permanent exhibits include stamps, hand blown bottles, coins and the ever-fascinating BUGs of Belize!
The Mayan exhibits and the more recent historical exhibits change over time, so there is every reason to go back over and over again.
The prison cell that was left intact is enough to scare anybody into righteous living ......
This is a totally first-class facility and absolutely fascinating.
Go!!!! Over and over !!!!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 06/06/15 12:07 PM

A Look Back at the History of the Belize City Museum

On this Friday, we dig into our archives and flash way back with a 1994 story about the old prison. As you may know, that prison was located in the heart of the city, where the Museum of Belize now sits. Parts of the structure were retained for the museum and now serve as a point of history on the museum tour. This story takes a look back at history.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 12/21/15 07:09 PM

A metal door with a tiny peep hole locked prisoners at the old city prison

The Really Cool Museum of Belize

I had one of the most pleasant experiences visiting the Museum of Belize, a gem in hiding at the old capital of Belize City. Yes, sometimes history can be boring, but Belize’s museum wraps history, culture and heritage in one unique package that the visit is definitely worth your time.

The Museum of Belize is a very wonderful surprise, a tour that a lot of locals and tourists overlook. I like to get to know even a little bit of the history of a country that I’m visiting; it makes me appreciate and understand more about the people’s lifestyles, culture and language. The museum in a wonderful experience taking you back to old country Belize, or British Honduras as it was called before obtaining independence in 1981.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in The Ambergris Today

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 02/04/17 06:14 AM

A Quinceańera for Museum of Belize

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 04/20/17 12:45 PM

The Museum is redoing their fabulous "Bug Room!"

Look out for the re-launch of our upgraded Insect Room...coming soon!

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 05/08/17 06:46 PM

Wait no longer...our upgraded Insect Room is now open!!
Museum of Belize

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 05/09/17 01:00 PM

On Friday May 5th, 2017 the Museum of Belize opened its newly upgraded Insect Room for our cherished Museum audience. Here's a few photos of some special students who got the first look at our new dynamic Insect Room!

Come and visit the Museum of Belize from Tues.- Thurs. (9:00am - 5:00pm) and Fri./Sat. (9:00am - 4:30pm) to view our upgraded insect room!

Click photos for more pictures!

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 02/06/18 12:01 PM

Museum of Belize celebrates 16th anniversary

Today is the sixteenth anniversary of the Museum of Belize and this year the occasion is being celebrated with high school and primary school students, Alexis Salazar, Director of the Museum says they are showcasing Belizean artists in different genres of Belizean art.

Alexis Salazar – Director

“We are opening a new exhibit today to commemorate the anniversary and we are inviting primary schools and high schools in to look at the different genres of art and they are seeing Belizean artists doing different genres in the exhibit.”

Dalila Ical – Reporter

“Why for this 16th anniversary did you choose to focus on art?”

Alexis Salazar – Director

“It was a staff decision so what we did is that we as the staff said that the museum hasn’t done a lot of art displays and there is a sector of the Belizean community that appreciates art and we are not catering to it. So we did that and of course we want to have students come in and it is a part of the primary school curriculum so this will be adding to the hidden curriculum so they can come and see what the different genres of art are while they do their art classes. So it was a staff decision. We’ve been doing it for two months now with a local call for artists so we are getting people used to seeing art in the museum and now we have a temporary exhibit.”

Salazar also explained how far the Museum has come since it first opened in 2002.

Alexis Salazar – Director

“From its inception to where it is now the staff has a greater technical knowledge of museology so the way they curate is up to par with how modern museums would curate so I think that is one main difference. Another one is that people are starting to come to the museum and seeing it as a community space whereas before it was just seen as a tourist attraction so that would be one of the big difference and now we are now doing more outreach with primary schools and high schools so it’s becoming a part of the community.”

Dalila Ical – Reporter

“What can you find at the museum now today?”

Alexis Salazar – Director

“Today well of course we have the new exhibit, we have our enslaved exhibit that is up, upstairs we recently renovated the insect rooms so that is another new thing that you can see. We have the Jade room and Mayan Archeological Artifacts throughout the second floor but this year alone we’ve had four of five different exhibits come through the museum. So what I want to say is that if you come here on a three month basis you are going to see something new or something different which then makes the museum less stagnant so people don’t go and say well ‘it’s the same thing they are seeing every time so we try to change the exhibits as much as possible.”

The collection will be on display for the next six months.


National Collection on display as museum turns 16

The Museum of Belize commemorates its sixteenth anniversary with a special exhibit of pieces from the national collection of Belize. To mark the occasion, the Museum invited students for free guided tours to learn more about the artists and what the Museum offers.  Andrea Polanco tells us more.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The Museum of Belize celebrates its sixteenth anniversary with Belize City students and a new exhibit. The primary and high school students toured the museum to learn more about Belize’s history. As a part of the tour, they also got a close look at a collection of over twenty-five pieces of different genres of artmade by local artists.Director of the Museum of Belize,Alexis Salazar, explains how the exhibit was put together.

Alexis Salazar, Director, Museum of Belize

“We are opening new exhibit that features twenty-five plus Belizean art from the national collection of Belize. What it is, it’s kind of an educational campaign geared towards primary and high school children for them to learn about the different genres of art. It is different genres of art so you will go in and see different genres; impressionism, photography and so on. Different genres that are in our collection, so we took it and gave them an example of what an impressionist paintings are and then we show Belizean artists who are doing impressionist paintings.”

The collection from the national exhibit, which opened today, will remain on display until next week for guided school tours. These pieces include works of pioneers and established artists. Salazar explains that it is the Museum’s plan to do more to promote art.

Alexis Salazar

“We haven’t been displaying art as we should in the museum. So, what we decided to do is to create an educational campaign that has been going on for a series of months now but with lesser known artists. So, we did two call for artists and we have been displaying art in the museum so that people get used to it. Now we have more established artists, I would say, in the collection like Fernando Cruz, Gilvano Swasey – we have a new one from Gilvano that we just brought into the collection, Benjamin Nicholas, Pen Cayetano and a series of established artists who are known in Belize and some of them have their own art studios.”

This kind of initiative is to complement the art teachings in school.

Alexis Salazar

“It is the same thing that they are learning these things. Art is a part of the primary school curriculum, so we want to assist in that what we call the ‘hidden curriculum’ for these students in their overall development. So, hopefully we can generate an appreciation for art and maybe we have some young budding artists who can see this as a venue as hey I can do something in art and there is a venue for my creativity at the Museum through NICH.”

Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

Channel 5

Today the Museum of Belize (NICH) celebrates its 16th Anniversary in style with the opening of a superb collection of Belizean masterpieces featured in a exhibition entitled 'Belize: A Collective Exposition'. This exhibition is now open to the public for your viewing pleasure!

Posted By: Marty

Re: Belize Museum - 07/20/18 04:56 PM


While we were on the mainland the last time we went to the Museum in Belize City. We are ruin junkies and the treasure of the Maya are here and we have wanted to see these many times. We drove down and navigated the busy streets of Belize City. The Museum is housed in the old Prison built in the 1850s. Along with the Mayan relics are the exhibits on Slavery, Belize Artists, Rise of Colonialists and Insects which was closer the day we were there.

Some very interesting things housed here and well worth coming into town for.
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