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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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Interesting museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Daytona Beach, Florida

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 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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Daytona Beach, Florida
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97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

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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33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 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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Lake Wales, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

What a beautiful outing at the History Center. Lots to see and learn about the history of Florida. Great for children who are at the learning and remembering age. Nice, clean place to spend a few hours in.

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Pebble Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
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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