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The Orange County Regional History Center

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Neighborhood: Central Business District
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Address: 65 East Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32801
Phone Number: 407 836 8500
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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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How did central Florida come to be so popular

From the Indian to Spanish then American fought the weather insects and diseases they stayed and built Florida a population of farmers and cattlemen to escape the cold winters.

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Pompano Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

From the Indian to Spanish then American fought the weather insects and diseases they stayed and built Florida a population of farmers and cattlemen to escape the cold winters.

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Hernando, Florida, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This museum is the history of Orlando. Have kids? Young or Old? Perfect place to visit as it's exhibits are interactive. Love the way they tell the story. Plus, it's affordable.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

A perfect dash of salt to counter overly sweet Disney World/International Drive Orlando. Displays an authentic side Florida and an Orlando before Disney World which visitors today probably have no idea ever existed. However, recommended only for those who appreciate museums and history - others will find it boring.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Being a Florida native it was great to see what made Florida what it is today. Low key and can be seen for in a couple of hours. Great for an afternoon to get out of the heat in the summertime. School group was present while we were there and the museum is big enough where they really didn't get... More 

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

If you have nothing else to do, and you want to get a feel for history, then go to the Orange County regional history center. If you have kids, then don't go, they will be disappointed after going to the parks.

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Plantation, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful building. Court house on second floor. Ballroom on fourth floor. Heart of downtown Orlando.

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DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

This place is especially fun if you've lived in the area for a long time. I was here before Disney, so this place brings back a lot of fond memories for me. The earliest exhibits are from at bout 12,000 years ago, and go up to present day stuff. A fun part is the wall of '100 iconic places in... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Been coming to Florida and Orlando for years but like many have never bothered to look into the history of the area. Well worth a visit to rectify this, exhibits are well laid out and give the history from dinosaurs to Disney. On my visit there were a number of well behaved local school parties, the guides kept them engaged... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

Been here only once but it was really good and very interesting learning all about the history of the orange county!

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Northumberland, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

We enjoyed several very informative hours at this museum during a chilly day on our "non-parks" visit to Orlando/Kissimmee. The museum is most appropriate for adults - I think kids would want to run through the exhibits without engaging very much. The free audio tour is very interesting and worth the time and attention. We learned some very interesting facts... More 

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