Located in the heart of downtown Orlando, the Orange County Regional History Center is housed in a beautifully restored historic courthouse. Four floors of permanent exhibits take visitors through 12,000 years of Central Florida’s rich past, revealing the stories of the diverse peoples who created the Orlando area and have called it home—from early indigenous peoples, Spanish cattle ranchers, and English settlers to citrus growers, soldiers, astronauts, visionaries, and entertainers including Walt Disney.
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this award-winning museum also hosts distinguished limited-run exhibitions on a wide variety of topics ranging from the U.S. Civil War to Jim Henson’s Muppets to the mysteries of the genome. The History Center is also home to a library and archives with invaluable resources for researchers, including maps, reference books, personal papers, and more than 17,000 photographs and postcards.
The museum has received national honors, including recognition for its work to collect, conserve, and catalog artifacts and honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016, that left 49 people dead and 68 wounded. An online digital gallery of photos and memorial items from around the world is available at oneorlandocollection.com.
Orange County Regional History Center
65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, Florida
Open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon – 5 p.m.
Visitors receive two hours of free parking in the Library Garage at 112 E. Central Blvd.
Call 407-836-8500 or visit thehistorycenter.org