History is like Frankenstein's monster; all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the earth, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon to the Orange County Regional History Center on East Central Boulevard. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a one-year family membership (up to a $75 value).
- For $25, you get a one-year individual membership (up to a $50 value).
Opening in 2000 within the historic confines of the former Orange County Courthouse built in 1892 and renovated in 1927, the Orange County Regional History Center sprawls its curated collection across three floors of ebullient exhibits that highlight the rich history of central Florida. The free audio-accompanied permanent displays are chock full of interesting tidbits about aviation, Florida's natural environment, pioneer homes, and citrus' delicious role in the state's economy. Traveling exhibits stamp historic passports for journeys to places such as Florida during the Civil War, and the center houses myriad artifacts and collections dear to history such as decorative arts, political memorabilia, and player pianos constructed out of marbled orange zests.
Memberships deliver many perks, such as yearlong free admission for individuals or families consisting of two adults and up to six children. Enjoy a 15% discount in the gift store, reduced or free admission to special events and members-only shindigs, and a one-year subscription to the Historical Society's glossy quarterly, Reflections from Central Florida.
Orange County Regional History Center
Orange County Regional History Center showcases the area's past inside a building steeped in Orange County history: the 1927 Courthouse. Today, visitors can explore the grand courtroom where the murderous Ted Bundy was allegedly arraigned. Such recent events, however, barely scratch the surface of the 12,000 years worth of history encompassed within the center's permanent exhibitions. Spanning Native American and Spanish roots to the meteoric rise of Walt Disney World, the museum illustrates Orange County's vast lineage.
The museum has four floors which house permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions and materials for traveling exhibitions that highlight Florida history throughout the country. An Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum also plays host to programs for all ages, from lunchtime speaking engagements to educational programs designed to spark the imagination and satisfy curiosity. The museum shop offers one-of-a-kind gifts reflecting the cultural history of Central Florida including rare vintage photographs, quirky Florida souvenirs, and delicious Florida treats.