African American History
Expand your understanding of the triumphs and tragedies of African Americans in Central Florida’s past. Enjoy the luminous paintings of Florida’s Highwaymen.
From a replica World War II B-17 bomber to Orlando astronaut John Young’s trip into space, explore Central Florida’s long role in aviation history.
Cattle and Citrus
Herds of cattle once stretched to the horizon on Central Florida’s palmetto prairies, followed by citrus groves, both key economic engines.
Explore 100 years of tourism from the Dixie Highway to the Wigwam Motel. Learn how people traveled to Orlando via horses, trains, and steamboat.
The Spanish were the first Europeans to land in Florida. See how the Spanish influenced the lives of Native Americans and helped shaped the state.
Discover how Florida’s indigenous peoples lived for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans from the Old World in the 16th century.
Discover our region’s unique flora, fauna, and geography, and learn how Winter Park’s famous sinkhole swallowed a city block, automobiles, and an entire house.
Imagine living in rugged Florida during the 19th century, sleeping on a bed stuffed with moss and using primitive household items like a butter churn.
The Theme-Park Era
Follow the area’s fascinating transition from a mostly agricultural community to a rapidly expanding tourist-centric economy after the opening of Walt Disney World in 1971.