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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
An Evolving Community Resource
The Orange County Regional History Center is working to build an even better experience while we continue to recover from the pandemic’s considerable effects on our resources. We’re deep in the exploration stages of fully renovating and updating our current exhibitions and seeking ways to expand the History Center.
Much has changed since the History Center opened more than two decades ago. We are honored by our national awards, Smithsonian Affiliation, and accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, and have spent the past several years researching and growing our collection to better reflect the experience of our entire Central Florida community.
We also continue to offer more diverse programming and special exhibitions on topics we plan to include in our future visitor experience. This work takes thoughtful time and care, and we go forward with dedication to building strong relationships across the community and engaging in meaningful conversations. As always, we welcome your participation and encourage you to share your thoughts through our contact form.
Coming up: Lunch & Learns, Family Days, and more
Around the Museum Blog
- 15 SepRead more about Launching the Kennedy Space Center
By Rachel Williams, Historian, Orange County Regional History Center From recollections from folks who lived in Central Florida decades ago to the reflections of people making history today, the oral histories in the Orange County Regional History Center’s collection reveal the rich diversity of our region, including its role in
- 14 SepRead more about I Am Not a Floridian, But . . .
By Justine Truc, 2023 University of South Carolina Oral History Fellow Through the generosity of one of our donors, the History Center is able to offer two paid fellowships each summer through the University of South Carolina’s graduate public history program. These virtual fellowships typically involve working with the museum’s
- 14 SepRead more about Oral History: Navigating Histories and Memories and Illuminating a Historical Landmark
By Adedoyin E. Adekunle, 2023 University of South Carolina Oral History Fellow Through the generosity of one of our donors, the History Center is able to offer two paid fellowships each summer through the University of South Carolina’s graduate public history program. These virtual fellowships typically involve working with the
- 14 SepRead more about The Stetson Mansion: More Than a Home for Hats
By Kara Kovalev, Registrar, Orange County Regional History Center John B. Stetson is best known for his design of the modern cowboy hat. What’s less well known is the impact he had on the town of DeLand, home of Stetson University. His Gilded Age mansion on Camphor Lane stands as
- 11 SepRead more about Sam Rivers (1923-2011): A friend remembers the local legend
By Matt Gorney This story originally ran in the Jan. 4, 2012, issue of Orlando Weekly. It is reprinted here with permission. It’s as if this one was all for you, Orlando. Sam Rivers was truly among us from 1991 until the time he split on Dec. 26. If you’ve
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