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: Sun Screens, History in a Glass, and more...
Around the museum
- 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.
- 02 JulRead more about History Center – Wells’Built Partnership
A United Arts of Central Florida “Bridging Audiences” grant award supports a new partnership between the Orange County Regional History Center and Orlando’s Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture.
- 06 JunRead more about History Center Partners with Orlando Health
Orlando Health, a historic Central Florida institution, is partnering with the Orange County Regional History Center to present two exhibitions, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code and Orlando Health—100 Years of Caring.
- 06 JunRead more about One Orlando Collection to Document Pulse Tragedy Receives Contigo Grant
The Historical Society of Central Florida received a $30,972 award from the Contingo Fund, a division of Our Fund Foundation, for the History Center’s work on the One Orlando Collection Initiative to collect and conserve memorial items related to the Pulse nightclub mass shooting.
- 11 MayRead more about History Center Receives National Honors
The Orange County Regional History Center has received two significant national awards from the American Alliance of Museums for exhibition work related to the impact and legacy of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.
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