Delve into the long history of Central Florida at this state-of-the-art museum, where the past comes to life through exhibits that engage all the senses.
Take a journey through 12,000 years of Central Florida history at the Orange County Regional History Center. Spread across four floors are fascinating exhibits which bring the past to life and inform, educate and amaze visitors with Florida’s rich heritage.
Spend a few hours inside the grand converted historic courthouse in the heart of downtown Orlando which is home to the Orange County Regional History Center. The museum is affiliated with the internationally acclaimed Smithsonian Institute and considered one of the top cultural attractions in the region. Take the whole family and discover the long and fascinating history of Central Florida.
The museum’s permanent exhibits cover everything from Florida’s indigenous people through to the current theme park tourism boom. Discover African-American history in Central Florida and learn about the unique natural environment. Understand the importance that the cattle and citrus groves which blanketed the prairies once played in the economy of the state. Enjoy displays exploring flora and fauna, as well as the famous Winter Park’s sinkhole, which swallowed a whole city block.
The colorful character of Central Florida is brought to life through multi-sensory exhibits which will engage and excite even the youngest visitors. Step inside a 19th-century cabin to see how the pioneers lived and get up close to a replica World War II B-17 bomber in the aviation exhibit.
In addition to the wealth of permanent exhibits there are ever-changing temporary exhibits to appreciate. Enjoy, too, a packed schedule of events and educational programs for both adults and children, which include lectures, workshops and themed events. Consult the museum’s website for details of what’s on during your stay in Orlando.
The Orange County Regional History Center is located in the heart of downtown Orlando and is easily accessible by public transportation and car. There is ample parking in the garage located across from the public library on Central Boulevard. Visit the history center on any day, but do note that opening hours are reduced on Sundays. There is a fee to enter, although children under the age of 4 enter for free and concessions are offered.