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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.

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As the collector and caretaker of our shared history, the Orange County Regional History Center serves a vitally important function. From documenting defining moments in our history – including the shattering heartbreak of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub tragedy and subsequent outpouring of grief, love and solidarity for our LGBTQ, LatinX and Hispanic brothers and sisters – to bearing witness to everyday life in Central Florida, the museum plays an invaluable role by serving as our “storyteller” for generations to come. For the long-term memory of our community, and also to honor the experiences and contributions of those who came before us, the History Center is committed to expanding our shared understanding of the defining events in Central Florida’s history, and of our intertwined legacies. We are deeply proud of this award-winning museum and History Center, and invite you to join us in exploring our amazing Central Florida history.

Coming up: History in a Glass, Things Come Apart, and more...

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Educational Programs

Our school field trips, camps, and more are designed to spark creativity and enhance knowledge. And children can celebrate birthdays with us in historic style!

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Historic Resources

The Joseph L. Brechner Research Center offers researchers a wealth of resources about Central Florida, including more than 17,000 images depicting the area.

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Plan Your Event

Don’t just have an event — make history! We have many choices for the perfect downtown venue for weddings, parties, meetings, conventions, conferences, and more.

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