Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, Kissimmee

History Museum · Hidden Gem · Visitor Center
Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum is in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida. It includes the Osceola County Historical Society Museum's local history exhibits as well as Pioneer Village and its 1889 Ross Lanier House, blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, 1882 citrus packing house, general store, and "cracker house" cow camp. The center includes a multi-purpose room with 50 theater style seats and mini-kitchen. The center and museum are operated by Osceola County and the Osceola County Historical Society.

Exhibitions feature swamplands, pine flatwoods, oak hammock, and lakefront dioramas with interactive displays and scavenger hunt challenges. A screen room overlook Shingle Creek and it can be accessed outside the museum on the 7.8 acre Mary Kendall Steffee Nature Preserve.
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  • Stopped here, on accident, and glad we did! It was so cool to learn about the history of the area - we had no idea about the citrus and cattle, and the general history of the area. It was very...  more »
  • We enjoyed spending an hour and learning a little of the history of the area. The displays were well done and interesting. The lady was able to help us with our questions of things to do in the...  more »
  • An informative museum of Osceola county history Clean and friendly staff Great for all ages Baby alligators were cool .. on loan from Gator land  more »
  • This is my second time there. I love this place. Looking back at Osceola County's history is amazing. I am originally from Osceola County and it is crazy how much it has changed over the years. This place is like stepping back in time. It is a wonderful place to bring your family!
  • We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to visit Shingle Creek Park and parked behind the visitors center - on 192 going west and went inside. The visitor's center is much more than what you think, it's a small museum, that is high quality and provides great insight about the history of the area - Kissimmee . The museum director greets everyone who walks in the museum, is very friendly who provided us with much information. Don't miss seeing the exhibits - it's all free including access to beautiful Shingle Park. Kids will love everything about the center and the park. Don't forget to bring the kid's bicycles!
  • Hellhello everyone most people forget about welcome centers or the brochures that are involved with the wonderful thing about the welcome centers is that you learn a little bit more history about that area and where you can go in the hot spots and what's happening around town if you're into the beach scene or just restaurants or museums or just antique shops or things like that I suggest that the welcome centers shouldn't be your first stop tell the Osceola welcome center was very enlightening and reference to the old houses and the the family to move there and started Kissimmee Orlando Osceola all the surrounding suburbs of the city and it was really enlightening because I wasn't one of those people but now with my one friend she is enlighten me to a forgotten place of interest in history and things to go see and more things that oh yeah I like shell collecting we can go to this beach and we can collect so many different shells even though we're on the Atlantic ocean but it's a great experience and you learn some other things that you didn't know exist there and it's a great idea so don't forget about your welcome centers anywhere in every city they're all there and especially if you need your emergency locations and door you know maybe you want to go to the thrift store may you want to go to an antique store they're awesome so check it out thank you Andrea
  • Great place to learn about the area. Good for families and on a rainy day.
  • It's a fairly small museum although I've visited smaller ones. My family enjoyed it! Very well kept. The presentation was interesting.

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