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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
- 09 FebRead more about The Citrus Tower in Clermont
An Orange-Colored History of One of Florida’s Oldest and Tallest Attractions By Clay Waters from the Fall 2023 edition of Reflections Magazine For more than 60 years, the Citrus Tower in Clermont has stood sentinel over a deep slice of Central Florida. Featuring a 360-degree observation deck that provides a view of
- 29 JanRead more about Family History Fair and more genealogy events at your local library
Orange County Library System Genealogy Events – February 2024 Through their West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center, the Orange County Library System offers a wide array of genealogy events that we know fans of the History Center would be interested in, so we’re happy to support our valued community partner
- 18 JanRead more about Cyg Cob Says: The Secret Legacy of Howard Phillips
By Joy Wallace Dickinson from the Fall 2023 edition of Reflections Magazine In 1954, the influential Orlandoan poured his love of words, his sharp wit, and his strong opinions into a newspaper column with a mysterious byline inspired by the city’s beloved swans. Howard Phillips’s college career was not what
- 09 JanRead more about Award-Winning History Center Unveils Enhanced Core Exhibitions
The Orange County Regional History Center is building an even better visitor experience with enhancements to its core exhibitions, which have been in place since the museum opened in 2001 in a historic courthouse in the heart of downtown Orlando. Improvements include increased bilingual content, use of more accurate and
- 21 DecRead more about Join a book club focused on genealogy at your library
Photo courtesy Orange County Library System Orange County Library System Genealogy Events – January 2024 OCLS’s West Oaks Branch and Genealogy Center offers events that cover a range of basic and beginning genealogy research. Each month, we are pleased to let you know about these offerings from this valued History
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