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The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a historic courthouse in the heart of downtown Orlando, offers four floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Central Florida’s rich heritage. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum also offers visiting exhibitions and a wide range of programs for families, children, and adults.
Selections from the vast and varied collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida illustrate Central Florida’s fascinating past.Explore our past
As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center presents limited-run exhibitions of great depth and insight.On display now
Coming up: History in a Glass, Genome, Trick or Treat Safe Zone, and more...
Around the museum
- 15 OctRead more about Historical Society honors James W. “Chief” Wilson
The Historical Society of Central Florida will present its 2018 Donald A. Cheney Award to James W. “Chief” Wilson on Tuesday, October 30. Wilson was the legendary band director at Orlando’s Jones High School from the years 1950 to 1990.
- 05 OctRead more about Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code AND the History of YOU
For our latest exhibition from the Smithsonian, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, we worked with five Central Floridians to research their family histories through genealogy and DNA tests.
- 28 SepRead more about Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code opens Oct. 13
On Saturday, October 13, the History Center celebrates its new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, with an all-day grand opening featuring free admission and special activities for families.
- 13 SepRead more about History Center Offers Free Admission for ‘Come Out With Pride’ Week
Admission to the Orange County Regional History Center will be free to all from Monday, October 8, through Sunday, October 14, to coincide with Orlando’s annual Come Out with Pride festival.
- 14 AugRead more about Orlando’s Lethal Weapon Cat-Tastrophe
On October 24, 1991, the evening of the implosion, nearby office towers hosted exclusive implosion parties, and thousands of people gathered along Orange Avenue and other vantage points outside the six-block safety zone to watch the spectacle.
What our visitors are saying about their experience
I want to thank the staff at the History Center for my daughter’s experience this summer [at camp]. Every staff member has been kind, talented and prepared – and helped nurture my daughter’s love of invention and creation. She deeply enjoyed the program. Thank you!Ximena Cordova Palma
I just have to tell you what a spectacular time our classes had today! The kids talked about it all afternoon, and all of our teachers raved about it! How early is too early to book for next year?Teacher Judy Lindquist, Andover Elementary School
The exhibits were interesting and well put together. I particularly enjoyed all the information about Florida’s citrus industry. Exhibits focusing on tourism were a close second favorite. Staff was helpful, and we enjoyed the optional audio tour.Halee Pearl
Great local museum! Took our daughter when she was 3 and she loved it. She asked to go back and at 5 she loved it even more! If you live in central Florida, or are visiting, you really need to check it out!Joanna Bond