Orlando History Center
A historic five-story masterpiece offers Orlando residents and visitors alike fascinating insight into how this region has made its transition from a small town surrounded by citrus groves and cattle ranches to today’s thriving urban community. It is really quite amazing to track the history and see how in just 45 short years a city goes from little to no tourism to the largest family tourist destination in the entire United States. Today, records show that Orlando brings in over 66 million visitors a year…quite a remarkable story.
The Orange County Regional History Center is home to the varied and extensive collections of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. Located in the heart of downtown Orlando in the beautifully restored 1927 Orange County Courthouse, the History Center is continuously distinguished as the area’s best museum. With an exciting roster of ever-changing exhibits, the History Center is one of Central Florida’s premier cultural attractions. From guided tours and hands-on history events to fun-packed, interactive children’s programs, learning is fun for all ages.
Note: Parking is free at the Orlando Public Library parking garage with museum validation at the General Admissions ticket counter.
The Orlando History Center is only about 15 miles away from Disney World and Universal Studios if you are in town we highly recommend checking it out.
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Sunday, noon–5:00 pm
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day. All holidays are subject to change without notice.
Phone: 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030
Address: 65 East Central Blvd., Orlando
Directions: From I-4, exit 82C/Anderson St. Turn left on Magnolia Ave. Turn right on Central Blvd. Proceed to the parking garage across from the library (2 hour validation with admission). The History Center is on Magnolia Ave. at Central Blvd.