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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 #70 of 197 Attractions in Orlando
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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Brazil
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I went there on Aug.2014. Good to see around the neighbor, beautiful people and good restaurants. Worth doing by car.

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Tampa, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Certainly worth a trip, this old courthouse was lovingly restored to bring out the best and worst of the area. With four floors of exhibits, this is a great way to spend some time remembering or getting acquainted with the original and pre-attractions Orlando that many of us know, love and miss. It's hard to believe that this is the... More

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Cocoa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Orange County Regional History Center is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando in the old courthouse building. The museum offers a comprehensive history of our community beginning with prehistoric times, through pioneer days and the development of Disney. The Center has an African American section that delves into slavery and the civil rights era. I spent about three... More

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Orlando, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

well laid out re-design of the courthouse...and the courtyard lends you to expect more inside. At points it seems to give you tremendous insight into orlando. But in the end falls into standard regional msusuem traps

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Atlanta
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I was visiting the area for the theme parks, but wanting to spend a few hours in Downtown Orlando to learn more about the city. I had already visited the Orlando Science Museum (which is 5 stars, one of the top museums) and wanted to check out another museum. After checking Google, I didn't find anything that caught my eye.... More

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Essex
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I echo the views of other reviewers - this is a very good museum, attractively curated and giving an excellent overview of the history of the Central Florida region. A refreshing change from the over-hyped and pricey electronic Disney-like attractions. And I too was puzzled that it seems to have a very low profile - I do not recall seeing... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Since we have been to Orlando a lot, we keep trying to find things to do off the beaten path. This museum was one of them. Once again only finding it due to a Groupon, it was worth the regular admission price ( inexpensive as museums go). You will learn the history of Florida from the first settlers to the... More

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

It was raining heavily and we were done shopping for the day so we needed something to do that was indoors and didn't take a whole day. We had two hours, but could have used maybe three. It was a nice museum and really interesting even for a couple of scandinavians. There was an interesting section about the natives and... More

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Orlando, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It's a neat museum. Sure it's not as big as other museums but I think it's just the right size. There are three floors of exhibits. There is so much information! We were there three (3) hours. We like to actually read what's on everything and take it all in. By the last floor we had to call it quits... More

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is a little gem of a museum. Make sure you get the audio tour. Start at the top floor, 4th and work your way down the exhibits. The displays are straightforward and a bit cheesy in places but very educational for all ages. Interesting displays about citrus and pre-disney orlando. Need to take it for what it is- small... More

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