We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Orange County Regional History Center

65 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801 (Central Business District)
407 836 8500
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #67 of 196 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
Write a Review

49 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    24
    14
    9
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Essex
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oslo, Norway
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Orlando, Florida
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Franklin, Tennessee
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Orlando, Florida
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This museum was so fun and informative. We have lived in Orlando for over 2 years, but I still learned plenty of new things about my beloved Orlando! Lots of interactive exhibits for the kids, and the gift shop had some really fun "quintessential Florida" items. After visiting the museum, we had a picnic lunch at Lake Eola, which is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
206 reviews 206 reviews
74 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Exeter, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
25 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Orlando, Florida
1 review
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

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Orange County Regional History Center also viewed

Orlando, Central Florida
Orlando, Central Florida
 

Been to The Orange County Regional History Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Orange County Regional History Center, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing