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The Orange County Regional History Center

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Address: 65 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801-2401
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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Fantastic spot to learn about Central Florida history.

This is a super spot to learn about central florida history. Lots of exhibits in a beautiful building. Some are interactive. Really nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a super spot to learn about central florida history. Lots of exhibits in a beautiful building. Some are interactive. Really nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here once before, and I'm always pleased by the amount of detail put into the exhibits. If you're a FL native, you'll learn a great deal about the state. If you're a visitor, you'll be entertained by the NASA and Disney exhibits. There's lots of interactive stuff to keep everyone busy. And if you're a Bank of American... More 

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

My husband and I visited this museum on a warm weekday in July. It was a perfect way to get out of the heat for a bit and learn about Florida's history. We were thoroughly impressed with this relatively small museum. We were offered FREE audio equipment to inform us as we moved through. We spent about 2 hours just... More 

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Pompano Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 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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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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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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