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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
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...
Around the museum
- 20 NovRead more
Visitors to the Orange County Regional History Center on December 10 have an opportunity to meet original Highwaymen painters and see their work, as well as paintings by young artists inspired by the Florida legends.
- 16 NovRead more
November 28, 2017 is Giving Tuesday, a global day of generosity for nonprofits around the world. Donations to the Historical Society of Central Florida can make a real difference in our community.
- 06 NovRead more
Wittenstein's longtime community service included membership on the board of the Orange County Historical Society (now the Historical Society of Central Florida).
- 03 OctRead more
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Orange County Regional History Center is celebrating centuries of Hispanic influence, history, and culture in Florida with a new publication.
- 26 SepRead more
A new limited-run exhibition, Leaving Vietnam: Building a New Life in Central Florida, is on display at the Orange County Regional History Center through November 5.
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