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What You'll Get
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.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 5, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must activate membership by 7/3/11, membership expires 1 year after activation date. New members only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Orange County Regional History Center
In this top-rated museum in the heart of Orlando, visitors explore 12,000 years of rich history, from the arrival of Florida’s first peoples through the era of space exploration – and much more. Even the museum’s home, an elegant 1927 courthouse, is historic: It was designed by Murry S. King, Florida’s first registered architect.
In addition to four floors of permanent exhibits, the History Center hosts exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution, such as Things Come Apart, a fascinating exploration of design and engineering that’s on display through May 6.
The museum also offers exciting programs for all ages, including camps, expert speakers, and themed events such as History in a Glass and Meet and Greet events with Florida Highwaymen artists.
From documenting the defining moments in our history, including the Pulse nightclub tragedy, to bearing witness to everyday life, the History Center plays an invaluable role as Central Florida’s storyteller for generations to come. Please visit thehistorycenter.org.