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The Orange County Regional History Center

65 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801 (Central Business District)
407 836 8500
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Ranked #79 of 191 attractions in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic 1927 courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collections of the... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tampa, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Saturday is a super time to visit here. Does not cost much and it opens at 10 am we were mostly alone so very easy to listen to the free audio tour guide. Dog park outside with bags for disposal of waste. The museum has a good walk through of the area from early beginnings. Nice and relaxing!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Our friends, who have lived in Orlando for many years, and who are American, had wanted to go to this museum for some time. As St Patrick's Day was overcast and rain was forecast, we decided to make the trip. It was thoroughly enjoyable and was a good place to learn about the real history of the place. Many tourists... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

If you know Central Florida as theme park after theme park, come to this museum. We chose to visit on a rainy day when we had had enough of queues and coasters and thorougly enjoyed our time here. We spent about 4 hours in total and did not see all the exhibits - we will come again to see the... More

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Orlando, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

A friend and I stopped at the museum the other day and were amazed and not in a good way. The museum staff might want to look at its wall signage which refers to Indians rather than Natives, Native Americans, or Original People. Not very well informed. BTW, my friend is from India. She had no idea what a great... More

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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was a nice way to spend a couple of extra hours. As a native Floridian and someone who has lived in Orlando for 10+ years, it was interesting to see how the county and city developed over the years. I particularly enjoyed Courtroom B, the Aviation exhibit, and the African Americans in Central Florida exhibit. During my visit there... More

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Clovenfords
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is a great place to visit for both families and couples. There is an excellent display of the history and development of Orlando - proving there was life before Disney.and the theme parks. By good luck when I visited last year there was an exhibition of John Glenn memorabelia - including many items he wore during his space flights.... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

An amazing place for those of us who love Florida for other reasons other than Disney and the coast. The Regional Center, offers you a chance to learn more about how central Florida came to be, before Disney, and it does so from different perspectives. There are exhibits describing the first people,colonial times (Spanish, English and French influence), Seminole culture,... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This museum has wonderful standing exhibits and does a great job in bringing in traveling exhibits. There is always something new to see. And they often hold special events in connection with exhibit openings. Fun for families and adults.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Both of us grew up in the Southern social situation of racial segregation. Being a Shaw family nonprofessional genealogist for over 40 years, I knew that a few Shaw lines migrated to Florida in the 1800s. So, we went there to see what the "pull" to Florida was in those times. We blundered into an excellent display on the Florida... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

I really enjoyed my time strolling through the museum. Very cool presentation. They have special exhibits as well as a space for a traveling one but that space was closed off. Currently their special exhibit is a year of behind the scenes at Universal studios. That was neat.I was happy with what I experienced today.and I can forsee taking someone... More

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