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The Orange County Regional History Center

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Address: 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801-2401
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10:00 - 17:00
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The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic...

The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida. Three floors of permanent exhibits showcase 12,000 years of Florida history. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and AAM accredited museum, also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions.

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An unexpected gem!

Stopped here on a whim, and am very glad I did. Varied historical/cultural exhibits. The old courtroom is a hoot--check out the scratches on the seating from the prisoners... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped here on a whim, and am very glad I did. Varied historical/cultural exhibits. The old courtroom is a hoot--check out the scratches on the seating from the prisoners handcuffs! Very neat special exhibit on plastics when I was there--even a tiny house from plastic. Nice memorial to the Pulse victims as well. I'll go back next time I'm is... More 

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

I spent some days in Orlando and was looking for something beyond Universal and Disney. I went to the amazing downtown of Orlando where the museum is also located. The building itself is the first Orange County Courthouse and holds an interesting exhibition organized in 6 tipics about Orlando's, Florida's and OC's history. During my visit they also had a... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

The History Center has exhibits of varying quality. Some are passable, but most are pretty boring. Orlando is not a place for quality museums and the History Center, as probably the largest in the city, proves that. Keep an eye out for rotating exhibits though. Some of these exhibits lift the rating to 3 stars when they are passing through.... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 27 February 2017

Learn about the real Orlando, past and present! I am very slow at museums and spent 3 hours between all the displays and the free audio tour, but most people will be quicker.

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Reviewed 17 February 2017

As museums go, this one is probably above average, but our visit on a Sunday afternoon was ruined by an unruly group of kids who were there for a birthday party. The party site was a room in the museum; there were several adults who were supposedly "in charge" of the kids; but the adults stood in a group chatting... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

A cool place to visit: both bc of the air conditioning, and bc of the history! Clean. Pretty safe for a downtown venue. It is mostly regional, but it also has varying broader exhibits. Downtown area around it has a lot of historical buildings. Library next door is fabulous. Be vigilant outside, but have fun! The docents here are wonderful,... More 

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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Takes about 2 1/2 hours to see this museum properly. Worth every minute! Absolutely wonderful exhibits starting from time periods 1000's of years ago to present day. Any time period you want is detailed extremely well. Old photos, period clothing, and many things used by people in that era are on display. Something for everyone, even a childs play area... More 

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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

What a great little place! I have lived in Central Florida most of my life and had no idea about this museum. Evidently it was converted from the courthouse in 1999. My oldest son had took a Boy Scout merit badge class on citizenship which they hold periodically at this location. The class was fantastic! But even better it gave... More 

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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

I visited this museum with my children primarily because of the good reviews. I'm glad we went for it because the place was very nice. Unlike many museums, this one took us at least 2.5 hours to go through. I feel that if we soaked everything in even more, it would have taken another 30 minutes or so. Many of... More 

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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This museum presents the local history very well and in a easy to understand format. There are 3 floors to this museum and we gave it 2 hours to go through, which was just a bit of a tight schedule, I would suggest 2 1/2 hours. We parked in the parking garage on E Washington just across the street which... More 

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