Support What You Love: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Our “$20 for 20” campaign offers a great way to do just that.

It’s been 20 years since the History Center opened its doors in downtown Orlando. The official opening on September 29, 2000, was the result of years of vision and planning by county officials and residents who believed Central Florida deserved and could support a first-class home for our history.

In the two decades since, the History Center has more than fulfilled that vision. We became a Smithsonian Affiliate, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. We presented top-flight exhibitions ranging from Jim Henson’s Fantastic World to The Civil War: America Divided. We’ve created our own landmark exhibition, to tell the long-hidden story of the Ocoee Massacre of 1920.

We work hard to be Central Florida’s premier history museum, and we’re grateful for the national awards those efforts have brought us. But we’re even more grateful to have the support of friends like you. Your gifts make it possible for us to:

  • Properly present and care for our collection
  • Plan and develop an exciting schedule of special exhibitions
  • Provide rich educational offerings for adults and children, including summer camp
  • Provide multiple free admission days and participate in the Museums for All program
  • Enrich, enlighten, and inspire our community in many other ways

We invite you to share in this meaningful 20-year milestone with a gift of $20: 20 for 20. Larger donations are always welcome, too, but we hoped $20 would be a manageable gift for many in our community. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to mark our 20th birthday.

As always, thank you for your support, through memberships, volunteering, and donations. Here’s to the next 20 great years of telling Central Florida’s story.

Ways to Give

It’s easy to support the History Center. Simply donate online through the button below or mail a check, payable to the Historical Society of Central Florida, to this address:

Historical Society of Central Florida
65 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801


Honor a Friend or Family Member

You can make a gift to the History Center in the name of a colleague, friend, or family member. Remember a special loved one through a memorial gift in his or her honor, or recognize the special people around you with a tribute gift.