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The Orange County Regional History Center

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The Orange County Regional History Center

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Experience Orlando's famous theme parks in an unusual way: from the window of a helicopter. Sit back and enjoy an eight- to 25-minute flight over highlights such as Universal Studios, Lake Toho, SeaWorld, and Disney World. Learn about the development of the area and its history through your pilot's commentary and snap epic aerial photos as you travel.
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OnAir541390 wrote a review Nov 2020
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The Ocoee Massacre exhibit is very well done. We are so glad we chose to visit. So many things to learn about an area we thought we knew well. Quite painful to be confronted by such hatred and bigotry from your own ancestors. I feel if more people visited and acknowledged the changes we still need to make, we would live in a better country.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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DJKtravels wrote a review Nov 2020
Winter Garden, Florida90 contributions28 helpful votes
We visited the museum on November 3 to see the exhibit remembering the Ocoee Massacre of 1920 which also happened on the day of a Presidential election. Once again the museum has outdone itself in presenting a balanced, informative accounting of an important, though painful part of Florida history. The presentation was so thorough we know we will be back a second time. The exhibit acknowledges the challenges for researchers as they looked for authentic verifiable facts. They even share all the primary and secondary resources they used. There are many places where they give definitions of words to provide young people (all people) an understanding of the history that led to the massacre. They cover the history of Blacks in Florida from the 1500s to present day. This museum never fails to disappoint. The building itself is part of the living history inside the museum. We learn something new every time we visit.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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EHMadison wrote a review Mar 2020
Madison WI70 contributions24 helpful votes
Spent a few hours here and found it informative and engaging. Probably not something for the twelve and under set.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Lorence Ardyce E wrote a review Feb 2020
Gulf Shores, Alabama34 contributions9 helpful votes
We were looking for something to do in Orlando and went to this museum. It was interesting and very well done.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Arielfl wrote a review Feb 2020
Coconut Creek, Florida1,384 contributions196 helpful votes
The Orlando Regional History Center is located in the old Neoclassical Orlando courthouse built in 1927. One of the most famous trials held here was for Ted Bundy. When the city outgrew the courthouse they built a new annex next door in 1960. In 1995 community leaders voted to make the 1927 courthouse a regional history museum. By this time the courthouse annex had been closed down due to asbestos. In 1998 it was torn down and Heritage Park was built on the site. The Orange County Regional History Center opened in the restored courthouse in 2000. Parking for the museum is available at the Central Boulevard garage across from the Orlando Public Library. There are four floors of exhibits starting from 12,000 years ago. The fifth floor houses the Joseph L. Brechner Research Center. The story of Florida's history in the museum starts with Native American settlements that turned into pioneer towns that raised cattle and farmed citrus. In the 1970's the tourist industry blossomed turning Florida into the vacation destination it is today. More current events like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the trial of Casey Anthony,and the 2016 Pulse Nightclub mass shooting are also examined. Exhibits focus on African American history, aviation, the cattle and citrus Industries, the history of tourism in Florida, Florida's indigenous people, the first settlers, the environment, and the impact of the theme parks. One exhibit I really liked was the recreated court room. On one of the tables the name Ted Bundy has been carved. Whether it was actually by him is up for debate. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also showcases special exhibits. They also offer camps, workshops, lectures, and activities. This museum is associated with the Smithsonian. The museum offers free admission on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 9 PM. It will also offer free admission on April 4, 2020 for Museum Day. Regular adult admission is $8 but I saved money by purchasing a Groupon. That is a great, inexpensive activity. Lake Eola is nearby and there are a ton of great places to eat in the area. I highly recommend this fantastic museum.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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