The Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando

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The Orange County Regional History Center is a private non-profit history museum located in downtown Orlando, Florida, United States. Located in the historic Orange County Courthouse, the five-story museum consists of exhibits presenting local and regional history starting from 12,000 years ago.
In 1892, a red-brick courthouse was built in the newly established city limits of Orlando. In 1927, a neoclassical building, now the current home of the History Center, was added and became the main courthouse. When the red-brick courthouse was demolished in 1957, the Board of County Commissioners established a historical commission to carry on the work. In 1976 the Orange County Historical Museum in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park opened and became the precursor to the History Center. In 1995, Orange County debuted its current, high-rise courthouse, and a task force of community leaders unanimously recommended that the 1927 courthouse become a larger, regional history museum. The Orange County Regional History Center opened in September 2000.
The History Center is housed in the historic 1927 Orange County courthouse and home to the Historical Society of Central Florida’s collections. The five-story building was built for nearly $1 million by Orlando’s first registered architect, Murry S. King. Construction began in May 1926, and the building was dedicated on October 12, 1927. After King’s death in 1926, work on the building was completed by his son, James B. King. The jail was housed on the top floor with quarters for the jailor and his wife, an infirmary.
The Orange County Regional History Center has its own library and archives, located in the Joseph L. Brechner Research Center, which is free to the public by appointment.
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  • The Ocoee Massacre exhibit is very well done. We are so glad we chose to visit. So many things to learn about an area we thought we knew well. Quite painful to be confronted by such hatred and...  more »
  • We visited the museum on November 3 to see the exhibit remembering the Ocoee Massacre of 1920 which also happened on the day of a Presidential election. Once again the museum has outdone itself in...  more »
  • Terrific exhibits. Great mix of photos and text. Right amount of coverage, curated well. Good break from theme parks! Travelers will also enjoy. Nice employees too. Photos are kids making candy in 19th century, and special exhibit on Pulse.
  • 10 stars!! If you live in Orlando, this is the best place to learn the history of the area and take a friend. I've live here a long time and I learned a lot from this amazing place. And if you have lived in Orlando a short time, you need to see the incredibly beautiful and moving art display of people who understand the tragic event 3 years ago at Pulse. If you see the art and read the artists explain their artwork, you will understand why we can never forget that day. Be safe and never forget to love your neighbor.

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