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The Orange County Regional History Center

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Address: 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801-2401
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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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Orlando beyond Disney!

Learn about the real Orlando, past and present! I am very slow at museums and spent 3 hours between all the displays and the free audio tour, but most people will be quicker.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Kansas City, Missouri
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The History Center has exhibits of varying quality. Some are passable, but most are pretty boring. Orlando is not a place for quality museums and the History Center, as probably the largest in the city, proves that. Keep an eye out for rotating exhibits though. Some of these exhibits lift the rating to 3 stars when they are passing through.... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Learn about the real Orlando, past and present! I am very slow at museums and spent 3 hours between all the displays and the free audio tour, but most people will be quicker.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017

As museums go, this one is probably above average, but our visit on a Sunday afternoon was ruined by an unruly group of kids who were there for a birthday party. The party site was a room in the museum; there were several adults who were supposedly "in charge" of the kids; but the adults stood in a group chatting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

A cool place to visit: both bc of the air conditioning, and bc of the history! Clean. Pretty safe for a downtown venue. It is mostly regional, but it also has varying broader exhibits. Downtown area around it has a lot of historical buildings. Library next door is fabulous. Be vigilant outside, but have fun! The docents here are wonderful,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Takes about 2 1/2 hours to see this museum properly. Worth every minute! Absolutely wonderful exhibits starting from time periods 1000's of years ago to present day. Any time period you want is detailed extremely well. Old photos, period clothing, and many things used by people in that era are on display. Something for everyone, even a childs play area... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

What a great little place! I have lived in Central Florida most of my life and had no idea about this museum. Evidently it was converted from the courthouse in 1999. My oldest son had took a Boy Scout merit badge class on citizenship which they hold periodically at this location. The class was fantastic! But even better it gave... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

I visited this museum with my children primarily because of the good reviews. I'm glad we went for it because the place was very nice. Unlike many museums, this one took us at least 2.5 hours to go through. I feel that if we soaked everything in even more, it would have taken another 30 minutes or so. Many of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

This museum presents the local history very well and in a easy to understand format. There are 3 floors to this museum and we gave it 2 hours to go through, which was just a bit of a tight schedule, I would suggest 2 1/2 hours. We parked in the parking garage on E Washington just across the street which... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

This was a nice walk through the history of Florida. There's a lot of reading to do if you really want to gain an understanding of the exhibits. The courtroom was amazing, and in my opinion the best part of the museum. There are 4 floors, elevators are available. Some of the pathways are tight if it's crowded, but the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I love this place. It is located in the old courthouse, and houses changing exhibits (I saw one on Gone With The Wind, and another year, they held a different exhibit every season on Universal Studios Florida), along with exhibits on the history or Orlando and Orange County. Visit on a weekend and parking is free. Price is right, and... More 

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