Old Orange County Courthouse

Building Open During Preservation Work

Exterior preservation of the landmark Old Orange County Courthouse is taking place the week of Sept. 21. The building remains open during this work. Details

Old Orange County Courthouse

211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714)973-6605 or (714)973-6607

Open: Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as well as certain evenings and weekends.

Admission to the Old Courthouse Museum is free. Metered parking is available in the lot on the north side of the Old Courthouse.

Government Services

For information about passports, wedding ceremonies and other records, please contact the Orange County Clerk-Recorder's office, or call it at (714) 834-2500.

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.


Historic Office at the Old Courthouse.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.


September 22, 2015 
Preservation Work Begins on Old Courthouse Building

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Exterior preservation of the landmark Old Orange County Courthouse is taking place the week of Sept. 21. This work is the first significant maintenance and repair of the iconic building’s distinctive sandstone cladding in nearly 30 years.

The project includes maintenance of the granite base and wood windows. This first phase focuses on the building’s south façade, including the highly ornate, colonnaded entry that is a favorite backdrop for wedding photographs.

August 10, 2015 
Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories Exhibition

OC Parks in partnership with the UC Irvine Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP) present this 8-month art and history exhibition in the historic gallery of the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana from July 2015 to February 2016.

December 22, 2014 
OC Parks Introduces New Parking Passes

OC Parks is pleased to introduce new parking passes that will allow visitors to use a single card to park at all County regional and wilderness parks and/or beaches.

The new “smart cards” replace the entry cards and stickers that were previously used for annual parking. Unlike the previous OC Parks passes, which were fixed to a calendar year (January through December), these smart cards are valid for 12 months from issue date and can be renewed annually. Moreover, for wilderness and beach locations which previously required a sticker affixed to a visitor’s windshield, these passes can be used with any vehicle. The price for the new cards remains the same as 2014.

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