Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando

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History Museum
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  • Stopped here on a whim, and am very glad I did. Varied historical/cultural exhibits. The old courtroom is a hoot--check out the scratches on the seating from the prisoners handcuffs! Very neat special...  more »
  • I spent some days in Orlando and was looking for something beyond Universal and Disney. I went to the amazing downtown of Orlando where the museum is also located. The building itself is the first Ora...  more »
  • 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 cit...  more »
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  • An extensive look at the history of the region, from prehistoric times to early civilization to the explosion of culture in the 20th century. Housed in the former Orange County Court House, the eras are laid out in unique modern exhibits. This is a fun, inexpensive activity for both tourists and locals alike.
  • Gave me great insight in to my community and it's rich history. The one thing that I did miss in the museum that I wish they would cover more on is the local downtown area. There was a lot of history of the state and of Orange County but not of the downtown area of Orlando.
  • This was an awesome experience. The tour guide were great! Forth grade Field trip.
  • The Orange County History Center is a fascinating place in the heart of Downtown Orlando where anyone can gain an immeasurable amount of knowledge into Orlando's past along with the rest of Orange County and the state of Florida itself. There's more to the museum than meets the public eye as this is where the County stores massive amounts of artifacts, anywhere in age from centuries old to less than a year old - all in climate-controlled rooms designed for the perfect preservation of various types of artifacts. With the terrible tragedy that took place in Orlando on June 12th, 2016 the center took it upon themselves to immediately start a plan to preserve as much of what they possibly could from the massive amounts of memorabilia that came pouring in at sites across the City, and have since still been very transparent in just how much they're preserving and how they're doing so. The second floor of the museum has a large section dedicated to the LGBT history of Orlando, with a newly-added wall dedicated to the memory of Pulse Nightclub and the 49 victims of the attack. Just this weekend, November 10th to the 13th of 2016, as a part of Orlando's annual Gay Pride weekend - titled 'Come Out With Pride Orlando' - a room on the 4th floor was dedicated solely to a display of 49 individual wooden crosses... one for each victim that have uniquely immortalized the memories of each person. These crosses are kept in pristine condition away from as much of the natural elements as possible with the hopes of preserving them for centuries to come; all of this is just one example of what the museum does for the entire community. Today was my first time visiting; and I was told a great deal of information about how the exhibits work (just as anyone can who simply asks a curator or tour guide) and for such a small admission fee, it is in my opinion very, very well worth the price of admission to learn the intricate past of where we live and how it came to be today. To all people... both locals and visitors from out of the state/country; I highly recommend taking the time to visit this place. Everyone who steps through here will leave having learned something about this beautiful city and state that they didn't know before.
  • The guided tours were great as they were interactive and kept the children's interest. The best were the moch trial and the artifact activity. Kathleen and Fernando did a wonderful job!