Belize City Sights

House of Culture

  • Regent St. at Southern Foreshore Map It
  • Commercial District
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/09/2017

Fodor's Review

Formerly called Government House, the city's finest colonial structure is said to have a design inspired by the illustrious British architect Sir Christopher Wren. Built in 1814, it was once the residence of the governor-general, the British monarchy's representative in Belize. Following Hurricane Hattie in 1961, the decision was made to move the capital inland to Belmopan, and the house became a venue for social functions and a guesthouse for visiting VIPs. (Queen Elizabeth stayed here in 1985, Prince Philip in 1988.) Now it's open to the public. You can peruse its archival records, and art and artifacts from the colonial era, or mingle with the tropical birds that frequent the gardens. Renovations are in the works for the building and gardens.If going here after dark, take a cab, because it's close to some of the city's most crime-ridden areas.

Sight Information


Regent St. at Southern Foreshore, opposite Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Belize City, Belize District, Belize

Map It


227-0518-NICH office at House of Culture in Belize City

Sight Details:

  • BZ$10
  • Closed weekends

Published 03/09/2017


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