Tours of the Old Orange County Courthouse for adult and school groups are available by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tours are also available. To arrange a tour of the Old Orange County Courthouse, please call (714) 973-6605. Tours are free of charge.
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.
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.
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.
Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast is a statewide traveling exhibition from the Grace Hudson Museum and Exhibit Envoy filled with historic and contemporary photographs, food specimens, memoirs, and recipes.
The exhibit, which opens atOld Orange County Courthouse on Oct. 27 and runs through Dec. 20, 2014, features foods important in the lives of Native Californians including fish, shellfish, seaweed, meat, vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers, nuts, seeds and salt.
The clocks fall back early Nov. 2, marking the end of daylight saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Wilderness parks close at sunset and most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter.
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