Old Orange County Courthouse


Old Orange County Courthouse

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

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.

History

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.

Activities

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.

News

July 2, 2015 
No Fireworks Permitted at OC Parks

News ImageMany people enjoy celebrating July 4 at OC Parks, and with the holiday falling on a Saturday this year, even more people may visit. Planning your visit ahead of time and knowing the rules can help make for a more enjoyable holiday.

Most importantly, fireworks are not permitted at County parks on July 4 or any other day.

Expect increased crowds at parks, particularly regional parks. Parking lots may fill early, and once they do no additional vehicles will be permitted in the park. All shelters will be available only on a first-come, first-served basis and one person must be present at all times to hold the shelter. No reservations are accepted for July 4.


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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