201 North Churton Street
Tuesday to Saturday: 11 am to 4 pm, Sunday: 1 pm to 4 pm.
Winter hours (January through March) Tuesday to Saturday: 12 noon to 3 pm – Sunday: 1 to 4 pm.
Closed major holidays.
The Orange County Historical Museum is proud to be a valuable resource for education and enjoyment for Orange County residents, and a tourist destination for visitors to Hillsborough and Orange County.
Museum exhibits explore Orange County’s history, featuring Colonial weights and measures (the only complete set in the U.S.), portraits of notable Hillsborough figures, and memorabilia from the Colonial, Antebellum, Civil War, and Industrialization eras. Orange County Historical Museum has over 2,000 artifacts, books, photographs, and documents in its collections.
Most of the objects deal specifically with Hillsborough and Orange County history, and were either made in Orange County or owned by an Orange County resident. The collections are a combination of those from the museum and from the Hillsborough Historical Society.
Artifacts are used to interpret Orange County history, augment exhibit text, research the past, and provide ideas for programs. Artifacts from more than 300 years of Hillsborough and Orange County history are displayed in the museum’s main exhibits. Additional pieces from the collection are on display during special exhibits.