Old Orange County Courthouse

Historic Courtroom Closed

The Historic Courtroom is currently closed due to maintenance. All other areas of the building remain open.

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. The building is closed for county holidays. 

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.


August 5, 2016 
Exhibit: The Endless Summer

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With over 100 items from the legendary 1964 documentary – including Bruce Brown’s cameras, tape recorder, projector, editing table, Robert August’s passport, matching trunks and jacket, original photos and sketches, and foreign and domestic movie posters – this exhibit at the Old Orange County Courthouse is the definitive collection associated with surfing’s most iconic movie.

Also, enjoy a screening of the movie at Salt Creek Beach Aug. 20.

August 19, 2016 
OC Parks Mobile App Now Available

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The OC Parks mobile application is now available to download. The new app makes it easy to explore all that the County regional and wilderness parks have to offer.

Using the OC Parks app for iOS or Android, you can easily get outside and find a park near you with the most detailed, accurate maps of all regional, wilderness, beach and historic parks and regional trails operated by the County of Orange. The app also offers detailed park descriptions and photos.

The mobile app lets users easily locate the closest playgrounds, parking and restrooms in each park. Search recent OC Parks news, events and alerts regarding park access, weather, trail conditions and more.

March 14, 2016 
See Local Fossils at Celebrate Ladera

Join the Cooper Center and OC Parks and see local Orange County fossils and artifacts at Celebrate Ladera in Ladera Ranch, Saturday, April 30 from 1-5 p.m.

The Cooper Center will also have fossils available the same day at Science in the Park at Irvine Regional Park.

February 10, 2016 
Extended Park Hours Begin March 13

Starting Sunday, March 13, the spring-summer hours for regional parks are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. That includes Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Laguna Niguel, Mason, Mile Square and Yorba regional parks. Irvine Regional Park opens at 6 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. Wilderness parks are open at 7 a.m. and close at sunset year round.

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