Government House, also known as the House of Culture, is often called the most beautiful colonial building in Belize City. The stately mansion was built in 1812 for the purpose of housing the colonial government of British Honduras, but was later turned into a residence for the Queen’s representative in independent Belize, the Governor General. Today, it is a creative community center to show off one of the country’s most important historical and political landmarks and provide space for a variety of events. It hosts colorful art exhibitions, music festivals, concerts, galleries, an open air theatre and is often used as a backdrop for weddings and other social functions.
It was here where lavish celebrations for dignitaries and the Mosquito Kings were held and where the Union Jack was lowered and the Belize flag was raised in 1981 upon independence. Of course, the building has since undergone several renovations, but the colonial charm has never been lost. Visitors can still admire polished silverware once used in the banquets, rich mahogany, antique musical instruments and lots of period art and furniture. Outside in the grassy gardens, cannons flank the front doors and Baron Bliss’ tender, the Sea King, shows off the skills of Belizean shipwrights. The surrounding vegetation has also become a favorite for birders and many indigenous species as well as migratory birds can be observed.
Government House is located at the southern end of Regent Street in downtown Belize City and can be visited Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.