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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Holiday Lights Cruises
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Old Orange County Courthouse Museum

The landmark Old Orange County Courthouse is Southern California's oldest court building, and as such 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. TOURS: 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) 973-6607. Tours are free of charge. 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. The museum offers public programs related to exhibits. Please call our general telephone number for additional information. HOURS: Open Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 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.