Some of the History
The landmark Old Orange County Courthouse is Southern California’s oldest court building, and has been witness to many of the events which shaped present day Orange County. From its dedication in 1901, this granite and sandstone building has been the traditional home of county government. Today the 30,000-square foot building has been restored to look much as it had at the turn of the last century. The building contains the Orange County History Center (which includes the Old Courthouse Museum, the Orange County Archives, and the library of the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society) as well as government offices. The building is on the National Register of Historic places and is a State of California Historic Landmark.
The Old Orange County Courthouse exhibition gallery displays both temporary and permanent exhibits relating to local and regional history. Please call for up-to-date information about exhibits and interpretive programs.
OC Parks provides tours of the Old Orange County Courthouse by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule a tour, please call (714) 973-6605. Self-guided tours are also available. Tours are free of charge.
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