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3rd Thursday Gallery Hop

Thursday, May 17

Join hundreds of visitors who converge in Downtown Orlando for 3rd Thursday Orlando’s Gallery Hop and Business Networking events! The museum offers free admission from 6 – 9 p.m. Explore our permanent exhibitions celebrating Florida’s 12,000-year history.

Our galleries include the following areas:

  • Natural Environment – Discover our region’s unique flora, fauna, and rock formations, and how Winter Park’s famous sinkhole swallowed a city block, some automobiles, and a house
  • First People – Go back in time and discover Native American life in pre-European Florida
  • First Contact – See how the arrival of the Spanish changed the lives of Native Americans forever
  • Pioneer Cracker Home – Journey back to 19th century living, testing household items such as a butter churn
  • Destination Florida – Explore 100 years of tourism before Disney
  • Cattle and Citrus – Central Florida’s first major economic enterprises relied on natural resources
  • Aviation – From the replica World War II B-17 bomber to John Young’s trip into space, from Orlando Air Base to Kennedy Space Center, the sky’s the limit in Central Florida history
  • Courtroom B – Witness the grandeur of the original 1927 courtroom where it’s rumored Ted Bundy was arraigned
  • Walt Disney World – Follow the fascinating transition from small town to today’s tourist-centric community
  • How Distant Seems our Starting Place – The stories of the tragedies and triumphs of the African American community in Central Florida, spanning more than 300 years on the journey to freedom
  • The Road to Modern Orlando – Follow a timeline from 1842’s Mosquito County (Orange County’s original name)

Visit the NEW 3rd Thursday Art Market at Heritage Square in front of the museum.