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The Orange County Regional History Center

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Address: 65 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801
Phone Number: 407 836 8500
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Description: 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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Well-curated exhibits give a sense of the history of Florida

From explanations and exhibitions of aboriginal clam shell middens to the Space Age, it's all here in this museum. The highlights are the Florida Cracker (settlers) exhibit that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Pebble Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

From explanations and exhibitions of aboriginal clam shell middens to the Space Age, it's all here in this museum. The highlights are the Florida Cracker (settlers) exhibit that emphasizes their love of independence and rugged ability to live off the land, the history of the orange industry underscoring the contributions of Harry P. Leu, Dr. Phillips, and Henry Sanford, and... More 

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

fab place , and very informative . worthy of a visit .All ages would find this interesting , could spend a whole day there , much to see and do well worthy of the entrance fee ,

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Located in downtown Orlando. Even though it spreads out through 4 floors, this museum is small. It takes 1 hr to 1hr 1/2 maximum to visit it. The history of Florida is actually most interesting, as it starts with the Timucua Indians, goes to the Seminoles, the Citrus Industry, Disney and Space Center, etc... but the setting is dusted and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I wholeheartedly recommend the 'And Still We Rise' exhibit to anyone who enjoys art, history or quilting. I travelled from Jacksonville to Orlando based on a friend's recommendation and it was well worth the trip! There is such a diversity of artistic interpretations and historical stories that we spent about 1 1/2 hours reviewing and admiring exhibits. I found myself... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We've been to this museum several times now and it still is one of the best in the Central Florida area. We're originally from up north (Northeast Ohio and NYC Metro areas, respectively) and we're used to awesome museums and this one is about as good as you'll find in the Central Florida area for feeling like you're back in... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I lived in Orlando for 25 years, and got tired very quickly of the tourist traps and cheesy and expensive attractions. This is located in Downtown Orlando, and I would highly recommend for anyone visiting to make a stop here. You get to see Orlando outside of the tourist areas, and learn a little about the town you are visiting... More 

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Orlando, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When I first visited what then was called the Orange County museum, it was located in the basement of city hall down an unmarked staircase. Now it occupies its own multifloor building and has expanded somewhat. When I first visited it it was summer vacation and the lady in charge was so happy: I was her first visit of the... More 

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tallahassee, fl
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Thought more could've been done on the Seminole Tribe. I was excited to see the Highwayman Touring and will come back to see the African American Woman's quilting show. Also, where are the children's books in the bookshop? The bookshop staff was awesome though.

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Champions Gate, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I didn't tour the rest of the museum but what I did see was very nice. Employees were friendly & helpful. The gift shop was lovely & had a huge selection. The Gone With The Wind Exhibit was an entire floor and had alot of pieces. I particularly loved the fact they offered audio headsets to describe the tour since... More 

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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We were hosted at a Corporate Christmas Party in this venue this past weekend. What a fantastic place to hold a party! The Museum exhibits were open for about an hour for us to see, with cocktails and appetizers served. The meal was delicious and I would highly recommend those in the Orlando area to think of this venue next... More 

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Additional Information about The Orange County Regional History Center

Address: Address: 65 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801
Phone Number: 407 836 8500
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Orlando>  > Central Business District
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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