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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.


Current Exhibit
Working for a Living:
A History of Trades in Orange County

Join us for a unique shopping trip!  Explore the history of 11 trades that were practiced and discover how they changed over time.  Pick up a card at the entry and learn about some interesting people who lived in the county from the 1750s to the 1940s.  Then, visit the businesses to purchase items on your shopping list... if you are able to fit everything in your budget.


Partnership Exhibit
The Businesses of Franklin Street

Serving as the front door to the University of North Carolina since its beginnings, Franklin Street is legendary for gamedays & celebrations, to work, worship, eat, stroll, protest, parade, and party. 


This exhibit presents a walk through the past, down Franklin Street in 1977.


Previous Exhibit
Treasure Hunters:
Orange County Collectors

This exhibit showcases the unique and diverse items that people in Orange County, NC collect.. 

Adventures await in Orange County, NC!

February 2023-February 2024

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Previous Exhibit
What's Your Flavor?

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.


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

​Discover 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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