The Orange County Historical Museum performs the crucial task of highlighting and preserving Orange County’s unique history through permanent, special, and traveling exhibits.



The permanent exhibit presents the development of Orange County, NC

in a chronological fashion, from indigenous settlements through the twentieth century.

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Current Special Exhibit
What's Your Flavor?

Taking a creative look at heritage cooking in Orange County, "What's Your Flavor?" depicts the many ways that cooking is an art. 


February through December 2022.


Partnership Exhibit
A History of Hope, Part 1

​An inclusive look at the history of Chapel Hill, "a village of people, friendly and smart and beautiful places dear to the heart."  Presented by the Chapel Hill Historical Society.

February through July 2022


Previous Exhibit
Date Night: Fashion, Food, Music, and Fun

​Take a look at the places people went on dates in the 20th century.  Learn what couples wore, ate, listened to, and did (G-rated version only).

April 2021-December 2021

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Previous Exhibit
Yésah: Journeys of the Occaneechi

​Explore the physical and cultural journeys made by the Occaneechi. Learn the reasons they journeyed, where they went, how their lives changes, and how their traditions

and values endured.

September 2020-March 2021

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Virtual Exhibit
Quilts of Orange County

Check out this virtual exhibit about 9 quilts in our collection which date from the 1850s to the 1970s.

Includes a brief history of quilting.​