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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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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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Nicely displayed stories of Florida History

If you're a history buff, you won't want to miss this history center. In several spacious floors there are displays of important periods in Florida from it's very early days when... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're a history buff, you won't want to miss this history center. In several spacious floors there are displays of important periods in Florida from it's very early days when the First Americans were here until today. The displays cover life of the First Americans, encounters with Europeans, the changes brought by cattle and citrus industries, the experiences of... More 

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Nijmegen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great museum for people from 0-100 years! The museum shows with interactive displays how it all began ( before Walt Disney). If you are a visual- spatial learner or gifted, this museum works his way through time on a top-down basis! It almost gives you the feeling you are walking though Florida's history. We reccomend to visit... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Educational, perspective-altering, entertaining, inexpensive, clean, hands-on, self-guided, great gift shop. Highly recommend the summer camp programs for kids!

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Winter Haven, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a Saturday and was pleasantly surprised that both my wife and I were admitted without charge because we are teachers. The four floors have excellently presented displays--it's not just the standard "there are a lot of oranges around." From prehistoric times to today, the history presented is balanced and tasteful. Lots of "hands on" for the kids. VERY... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

well done exhibits give the visitor a better understanding of Orlando before Disney. The restored court room was fun. Once you find the place you will want to stay for a few hours. It is well worth it!

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Orlando, Fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

My entire family thoroughly enjoyed this museum. The exhibits were very interesting and were of high quality. We all learned a lot and had a fabulous time. We especially enjoyed the exhibit that traced the history of tourism in Florida. We will definitely return to this Central Florida gem in the future.

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

My son and I went and really enjoyed it. There are many floors of really interesting information. They have really nice display's that will keep any age interested. So much info about the area.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Stopped here for a 2nd visit and enjoyed it again. I am told they will be updating exhibits in the near future which should be worth another visit. Family fun and educational adding up to a fun visit. Fairly easy to find and parking was not a problem.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Absolutely fascinating museum.My whole family thoroughly enjoyed this trip from Granddad to Grandaughters. The Reception ladywas very helpful and advised us to start at the top and work down and we learned the history of Florida from prehistoric times to the present.There is a sound studio for the children to use.It was an excellent day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

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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