The Orange County Regional History Center, located in Downtown Orlando in a historic five-story building, offers guests fascinating insight into how Orange County has made the transition from a small town surrounded by citrus groves and cattle ranches to the community it is today.
The center is housed in the restored 1927 county courthouse and showcases the vast and varied artifact collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. They bring the region's past to life with a selection of interactive presentations and hands-on exhibits through four-floors of exploration.
The permanent exhibitions takes guests back 12000 years providing hours of fun and entertainment. Guests will discover the area's first peoples and their initial encounter with the Spanish, then to the 19th century and experience the Seminole Wars and the challenges of Central Florida's early pioneers. Guests will also find out about the Big Freeze in the 1890s that devastated the new citrus industry, then into the 20th century to experience Central Florida during the war years and the importance of the Orlando Air Base during World War II and much more.
The center also offers a variety of traveling exhibits. For a list of current and upcoming exhibits click on the Orange County Regional History Center link below.