The Orange County Regional History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida. Three floors of permanent exhibits showcase 12,000 years of Florida history. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and AAM accredited museum, also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions.
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Orlando
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  • Church St Station • 6 min walk
  • Lynx Central Station • 9 min walk
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Bob S
Cincinnati, OH2,493 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We visited the Orlando/Central Florida History Center on Magnolia Street in Orlando. It's an old courthouse that has been converted to a history center. The Upper floors detail the earliest days of Florida and the Spanish occupation in the 1500's. The exhibits highlight the orange growing business and lead up to 1971 with the opening of Disneyworld. A separate exhibit highlights the underground and punk rock movements in Orlando starting in the 1970's. Entrance fee is $7 with 2 hours free parking in the adjacent Public Library garage.
Written 18 February 2023
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Sharon S
Port Saint Lucie, FL18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Seeing the history of Florida from very early years thru current time. Interesting to learn about the boom times brought by the railroad, then the space industry and then Disney. 2 floors dedicated to this section. Older children/ teens interested in history may like, but requires a lot of reading to learn and appreciate the museum offerings. Some special exhibits also there that turn over after a number of weeks. One exhibit is from African American history.
Written 5 February 2022
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Kirbyk
Portsmouth, VA537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Every city of Orlando’s size needs a museum like this to tell its origin story. The problem seems to be that they don’t have enough space to do the job. There are 6 exhibition halls on three floors of the old County courthouse. Two focus on pre-European history, one on the period from 1820-1950 or so, one on history since 1950, including Disney and NASA, one on civil rights and the final hall is used for rotating exhibits, currently 1990 indie music. One hall is a partially reconstructed courtroom. Although the building looks very wide from the outside it is not particularly deep which probablylimits the available display space.

What’s presented is well organized but it leaves the visitor wanting to know more and this curiosity cannot be satisfied by the minimal gift shop. Allow 1-2 hours but prepare to be use the internet to fill out the story.
Written 30 October 2022
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77maple123
Vancouver, Canada205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Learned a lot about Florida. Arrived around 1pm when all the school kids were leaving. Lovely old building exhibits very interesting if you know nothing about Floridas past takes less than two hours when you read a lot. Just parked in first parkade we saw don't think it was library cost $10 but easy and cheap.
Written 13 January 2024
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Starviagera
Florida2,065 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
It is a bit dated. Needs a refurbish. The temporary exhibit about ponk rock was very uninteresting to us. The area is full of bums so be careful as the sun goes down the cardboard boxes come out.
Written 28 March 2023
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OnAir541390
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The Ocoee Massacre exhibit is very well done. We are so glad we chose to visit. So many things to learn about an area we thought we knew well. Quite painful to be confronted by such hatred and bigotry from your own ancestors. I feel if more people visited and acknowledged the changes we still need to make, we would live in a better country.
Written 8 November 2020
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JackofPBFL
Palm Bay, FL1,186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We had some time to kill between a medical appointment and picking someone up at the airport. So, we visited this museum and I am glad we did. It was well done an interesting. it started with the indigenous people of the area and progressed through time. I learned a lot there in a relatively short amount of time. Highly recommended.
Written 24 August 2021
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Nancy U
Altamonte Springs, FL1,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
I’ve lived in Orlando for almost 50 years and never knew about this place. There are several floors of great Orlando history from the orange groves to Walt Disney World. I loved learning a few new pieces about Orlando. Go for a could of hour and then enjoy a walk around Lake Eola.
Written 5 September 2021
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Fletch1946
Fair Haven, NJ974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stopped by the Regional History Center mid afternoon. We had about 2 hours before the Center closed. That was about perfect. It has very instructive sections on the early history of the area, the cattle in dusty, the citrus fruit industry, and the “Crackers.” I had always taken that to be a derogatory term, but here is presented as a term applied to early settlers who valued their freedom over wealth. The museum is very well done.
Written 16 January 2020
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OrlandoGal22
Orlando, FL594 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
We've been to this museum several times now and it still is one of the best in the Central Florida area. We're originally from up north (Northeast Ohio and NYC Metro areas, respectively) and we're used to awesome museums and this one is about as good as you'll find in the Central Florida area for feeling like you're back in one of those great places of learning up north.

Especially insightful is the 4th floor's history of the Central Florida area - some great displays and interactive exhibits. The 3rd floor houses interesting tidbits about aviation, wartime, travel, and tourism. It also has the old courtroom where, if you look closely at the table where the defendant would be seated, you'll see under plexiglass that Ted Bundy's name is etched into the wood. Supposedly he did that while on trial in that very courtroom.

The 2nd floor's exhibits change frequently and some have been very interesting over the years - ranging from Jim Henson's Muppets to fascinating costumes from big time Hollywood movies.

The only thing I'd have to say is to - when you go and if you have kids - PLEASE keep them under control and quietly respectful of the museum.

We went this past Sunday (it was free during a promo they're having) and it was disheartening to see a group of about 8 middle-school girls completely running around, screaming, roughhousing, etc. while two absent-minded women who were "with them" (using the term loosely) were oblivious to it - not doing a thing but chatting away following them around. Clearly, there was NO way they were there to learn anything - how could they with their behavior? Probably just to get in free and get out of the heat for a bit.

Sad to say, they weren't the only ones. There were other ADULTS that were roaming around loudly chatting away like they were at get-together and not even the least bit interested in the exhibits. A few were actually literally RUNNING, roughhousing, screaming, and fighting each other to get to sit in the judge's chair in the courtroom at one point to take selfies. Really???

What happened to when museums were quiet places of contemplation where one actually could read displays and learn from exhibits in PEACE and QUIET without shrieking of unruly children - and ADULTS! - surrounding them.

So glad we didn't pay this last visit; therefore, we'd recommend visiting on a WEEKDAY to avoid this (hopefully!) from happening.

And no, we're not old fuddy-duddys - we're in our mid- to late-30s...we just wish people could be more respectful!!!
Written 19 March 2015
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