The original construction started in 1953 and finished one year later. The architectural design was done under modernist international style. The program consisted in a library, an auditorium, an exhibition area and reading rooms. The gallery for the auditorium resembled the prow of a ship. The trusteeship of Baron Bliss invested $251,829 dls in the construction of the building and $7,532 in furniture.
The museum contains a number of notable archaeological finds from the Maya site of Caracol. The theatre stages numerous concerts and a number of artistic exhibitions and political events are held in the complex.
- Bradley H., Leo, Baron Bliss and His Bounty to Belize, Belmopan, Government Print, 1986.
- "Central Belize City -Bliss Institute". Planetware.com. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2009.
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