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Welcome back to your home for history!

In the weeks following the History Center’s closure on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff prepared for reopening by reviewing the best practices for the well-being of our guests and staff, according to federal, state, and local guidelines, including those of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Department of Children & Families (DCF).

We hope you’ve enjoyed connecting with the History Center at home, and continue to do so. On this page, you will find resources and activities for families and adults for learning opportunities and fun. Please continue to check this page for updates. For more information from Orange County, click here.

As we look to reopen during the first week of June 2020, we recognize that these are challenging times. The year 2020 will long be remembered for the pandemic and the economic crisis it has brought. We know that these times are unprecedented, confusing, and uncertain. Please know that we will do everything in our power to assure that our museum is a safe space for our guests and employees.

We are implementing a greatly expanded cleaning protocol of the building and the exhibits. We will have the exhibition galleries and halls clearly marked with directional signage and wayfinding. In addition to our restrooms, sanitary stations will be on each floor, and public spaces will be cleaned on a regular basis each day. Our entry and ticket counter will be designed to keep patrons and employees safe, with plexiglass separating our guest services employees from guests. We are in regular communication with other local agencies to assure that we are utilizing best practices, and will monitor the situation carefully. The safety and health of our community are of utmost concern.

We look forward to once again opening to the public to showcase the stories of Central Florida’s rich history. We think the arc of our local history aligns with our nation’s history, in that regardless of setbacks, we emerge from dark times and move forward toward a better future. We will continue to tell the stories of our history, and look forward to again sharing them with you.


Michael Perkins
Executive Director

Click here for more specific information about our reopening policies.