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Old Belize Cultural and Historical Center

Name: Old Belize Cultural and Historical Center
Address: Mile 5 Western Highway
City/Town/Village: Belize City District: Belize Country: Belize
Phone: 011-501-222-4153   Fax: 011-501-222-4161 Phone #2:
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Description: Old Belize offers an unforgettable experience that will surely provide an excellent orientation and appreciation for the country and people of Belize. The 45-minute tour begins inside a rainforest exhibit that showcases giant tropical trees that tower the path you walk. Inside this display a waterfall and limestone cave depicts the magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations that scientist say grows about an inch every 100 years!
The tour leaves behind the sounds of the rainforest to welcome the drums and flute of the Maya. In this exhibit, every element has been meticulously and artistically recreated, from the stone temple to the ancient tomb, experience the mysticism as the culture of the Maya come to life.
As you leave the Maya exhibit, you enter the industry exhibits. This exhibit showcases the era which revolutionized the settlement of Belize - the Industrial period. These industries were crucial for the development of the Belize.
In our following exhibits time seems to have been frozen in the 17 th , 18 th and 19 th century. The clanging of old iron tools and machinery could almost be heard through the cold and oxidized displays. Recovered from the forest, covered with overgrown vegetation, these antiques were once employed by the men and women whose hard work laid the foundation for the development of the economy of British Honduras.
Our first exhibit features a recovered estate-type, steamed-powered sugar mill, which remains as evidence of the sugar making process in the middle of the 1800's. The cultivation and production of sugar was one of the greatest contribution of the Mestizos, who came as refugees during the Caste war in Yucatan, Mexico.
In 1890 the US market was introduced to chewing gum or chicle at a World Trade Fair in New Orleans. This led to a boom for the Chicle industry in Belize in the early 1900's. At this exhibit, you can appreciate the complete process; from harvesting to the cooking of this natural and original form of chewing gum.
Sibun Bite Bar and Grill is the place to experience Belizean cuisine at its best! Our Restaurant is ideally situated facing Cucumber Beach and the Caribbean Sea. Our attractive rustic seaside setting provides the perfect tropical ambiance for dining or unwinding.
 
 
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