Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum, Kissimmee

#21 of 79 in Museums in Central Florida
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 »
  • 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!

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