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COViD-19 Policy
In order to make your visit to the museum safe and comfortable, we have adopted the following measures in accordance with state and local government guidelines and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough:
  • The museum will be cleaned regularly at the beginning of each day and periodically throughout the day.
  • All visitors over the age of 5 must wear masks. If you do not have one, we will provide you with a mask.
  • Social distancing between staff and guest groupings is encouraged.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.

Thank you for choosing to visit the Orange County Historical Museum

The museum is free and open to the public from 

Friday-Sunday, 11am to 4pm

No appointments necessary!

Free tours available upon request!

For a preview of our exhibits, view our Gallery Guide


A free, municipal lot is available across from the museum on W. Tryon Street. 

Street parking is available on W. Tryon.


The Orange County Historical Museum is located on the corner of N. Churton and W. Tryon streets

in downtown Hillsborough, NC.

Please note:  because the building is historic, the entrance includes stairs both outside and inside the museum.

Please contact us if you need accommodations.

Now offering Saturday crafts!

Stop by with your family on Saturdays, and find our table with a free make-and- take craft!

A different craft will be offered each month

Upcoming offerings

  • December: 'Minnie Brown' book reading and puppy themed solstice lanterns

  • January and February crafts have been paused due to Covid-19 concerns

  • March: 'Minnie Brown' book reading origami bookmarks

  • April: Puppet making for Handmade Parade! Paper bag puppet, or free-style--make an animal puppet inspired by our collection items