As one of the country’s most important historical and political landmarks, the house also provides space for a variety of events. It hosts art exhibitions, music festivals, concerts, and open-air theater. It is also used as a backdrop for weddings and other social functions. Lavish celebrations have been held here, and this is where the Union Jack was lowered and the Belize flag raised in 1981 when independence was declared.
The building has undergone several renovations, but its colonial charm remains. Visitors can still admire polished silver, rich mahogany finishes, antique musical instruments, and period art and furniture. Outside in the grassy gardens, cannon flank the front doors and Baron Bliss’ tender, the Sea King, showcases the skills of Belizean shipwrights. Tours of Belize City typically include a stop at the Government House.