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History Center offers Free Admission through Oct. 13

Gift to community celebrates annual Pride Week in Orlando

Admission to the Orange County Regional History Center will be free to all through Sunday, October 13, to coincide with Orlando’s Come Out with Pride festival.

The free week offers visitors a special chance to see the exhibition titled Love Speaks: Artistic Responses to the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy, the museum’s third annual remembrance of the mass shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

Love Speaks encompasses a wide range of media and styles and includes works from across the nation that have never been exhibited in Central Florida. Although each piece in the exhibition carries its own meaning, “the artwork adorning the walls of the exhibit also serves to remember those who were taken during the tragedy and inspire a better tomorrow for those who remain,” said the History Center’s executive director, Michael Perkins.

History Center staff created Love Speaks as a fully bilingual exhibit, presented in both English and Spanish. That’s also true for the museum’s brand-new exhibition, The Accidental Historian, which reveals how artists, poets, and other folks who are immersed in their work today at the same time are creating the history of the future.

Visitors to The Accidental Historian can step into a larger-than-life, Instagrammable photo station featuring a backdrop of Lake Eola Park, today and in the past, along with other interactive features that include creating poems on the spot with a giant magnetic poetry board. The innovative exhibition includes a wide variety of artwork and photos from the museum’s favorite collections.