Welcome to the History Center

Museum hours: Mon-Sat: 10a.m. - 5p.m. | Sun: noon - 5p.m.

Home School Days

Spend the day learning and connecting with other home-school students and families. Themed programs offer the opportunity to dive into a variety of topics. Each program includes a pre-visit and post-visit packet of lesson plans and aligns with Florida Standards.

Our home-school curriculum was developed especially to meet the standards for Grades K through 5, but all ages enjoy the programs. Bring your 4-year-old or your high schooler – they are sure to have a great time with our hands-on activities and projects!

Cost per program: Students $10 (members $4); adults $4 (members free). Advance registration is required. Members: Please sign in on the registration page to enable discounts to apply.

Questions? Email Savannah Bitto Poole at Savannah.BittoPoole@ocfl.net or call 407-836-6751.

Fall 2018

Bee a Part of History!
September 21, 2018, 1 – 3 p.m.

Archaeologists have discovered pots of 3,000-year-old honey in Egypt’s famous pyramids – and it’s still edible. You better bee-lieve it! Celebrate National Honey Month at the History Center with fun and sweet hands-on activities. We’ll explore the importance of our pollinating friends and the history of the citrus industry, and we’ll round out the day with some honey-tasting!


Unlocking Life’s Code
October 19, 2018, 1 – 3 p.m.

Why are some people born with brown eyes instead of green? Why do some people have curly hair while others have straight? It all has to do with our DNA! This Home School Day is based on Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, our latest limited-run exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Explore your uniqueness in this hands-on workshop.


National Novel Writing Month
November 16, 2018, 1 – 3 p.m.

Get your creative juices flowing as we celebrate National Novel Writing Month. Dive into the works of famous writers who were enchanted by Florida – Zora Neale Hurston, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Ernest Hemingway, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Learn how these folks persevered to share their stories, and write your own novella, taking inspiration from the museum’s exhibitions.