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The Orange County Regional History Center

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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
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Address: 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801-2401
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+1 407-836-8500
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12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 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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My family loved it!

My entire family thoroughly enjoyed this museum. The exhibits were very interesting and were of high quality. We all learned a lot and had a fabulous time. We especially... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 December 2015
Ecmommy
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Orlando, Fl
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Orlando, Fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

My entire family thoroughly enjoyed this museum. The exhibits were very interesting and were of high quality. We all learned a lot and had a fabulous time. We especially enjoyed the exhibit that traced the history of tourism in Florida. We will definitely return to this Central Florida gem in the future.

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Lake Wales, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

My son and I went and really enjoyed it. There are many floors of really interesting information. They have really nice display's that will keep any age interested. So much info about the area.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015

Stopped here for a 2nd visit and enjoyed it again. I am told they will be updating exhibits in the near future which should be worth another visit. Family fun and educational adding up to a fun visit. Fairly easy to find and parking was not a problem.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Absolutely fascinating museum.My whole family thoroughly enjoyed this trip from Granddad to Grandaughters. The Reception ladywas very helpful and advised us to start at the top and work down and we learned the history of Florida from prehistoric times to the present.There is a sound studio for the children to use.It was an excellent day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

I was actually shocked at how nice this place was. They do a great job of explaining Central Florida's history and are in a good location in downtown Orlando. I can't comment on the traveling exhibit we went to because it's probably not there anymore, but I highly recommend it for a drop-in if you're ever in the area.

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

A pleasant place to spend a couple hours, but here's some complaints I wish the center would tackle: Parking nearby is a real challenge, all metered and time-limiting. Walking to the museum takes you and your family right through the sorriest section of downtown (when I left this last time, two men were fighting outside near the bus stop). The... More 

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Casselberry, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

A group of high school friends (from an Orlando high school) took a tour of the History Center and we were able to have a docent lead us around. She knew so much about the Center and its exhibits. We went specifically to see the Icons of Orlando exhibit, which were 50 things of significance to Orlando voted on by... More 

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Montreal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

(1) This is about: the history of Orlando and the surrounding area (which are in Orange County, Florida). Located in the heart of downtown Orlando—a part of town that many tourists don’t see. (2) Admission: $US 12. (3) Overall Assessment: Charming museum explaining the early development of Orange County. (4) Highlights: The early settlement of Orange County, including displays that... More 

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Orange City, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

This museum has four floors of permanent and mobile exhibits. There is a lot to see and read on each floor. I really enjoyed learning about the citrus plants and Disney World information at the museum. I recommend this museum if you are genuinely interested in learning about Florida's history.

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Miskolc, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

An interesting, small city museum..my personal favourite items were the bears (a polar and a grizzly) near the entrance.

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