Plan your visit
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: Lunch & Learns, SunScreens, & One Giant Leap
Around the museum
- 25 JunRead more about The Accidental Historian Poetry Contest
To warm up for "The Accidental Historian" exhibit, we’re seeking your poetry and flash prose. Write about how you see and feel about Central Florida right now. How would you narrate life today to those living more than 100 years from now?
- 22 MayRead more about “Love Speaks” Highlights Artistic Responses to Pulse Tragedy
In honor of the third annual remembrance of the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016, the History Center presents a moving and beautiful art exhibition titled Love Speaks: Artistic Responses to the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy.
- 07 MayRead more about History Center Receives Top National Award for Service to Community
The Orange County Regional History Center has been named one of ten recipients of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service — the highest honor given to museums and libraries across the nation.
- 06 MarRead more about Mary McLeod Bethune: Educator & Activist
Known during her lifetime as the “First Lady of Negro America,” Mary McLeod Bethune is remembered for her contributions as an educator and civil rights activist. Although the founding of Bethune-Cookman University is probably her most well-known accomplishment, it is one of many.
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