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North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace

529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562-5601
+1 800-767-1560
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Appreciating North Carolina history

When we told people we were spending a week in New Bern, many wondered what there is to do there... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Beverly W
Raleigh, North Carolina
A Day of Entertainment and Education at a Great Price

I purchased a day pass, which allowed access to the NC History Center (which includes the Regional... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British rule once flourished, American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born. Here you can still experience the adventure of North Carolina’s earliest beginnings and a living history like no other. Guided tours, live re-enactments and conversations with costumed interpreters from centuries past bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes. And, at the new high-tech North Carolina History Center, interactive games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old. Whether you’re exploring one of our riverside gardens or sharpening your skills as a quilter, printer, ship’s captain or blacksmith, there are endless opportunities for making cherished family memories at Tryon Palace.
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529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562-5601
+1 800-767-1560
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Reviewed 2 days ago

When we told people we were spending a week in New Bern, many wondered what there is to do there. Well, there's a lot of history in New Bern beginning with Tryon Palace. New Bern was the colonial capitol of the colony and subsequently the...More

Thank Beverly W
Reviewed 5 days ago

I purchased a day pass, which allowed access to the NC History Center (which includes the Regional History Museum and the Pepsi Family Center), Tryon Palace and gardens, and two historic homes, the Stanley and Dixon houses. I started at the Regional History Museum, where...More

Thank Manatee4Me
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went on a tour of this palace with the Wilmington Newcomer Club Daytrippers. Docents are dressed in period costume, reminiscent of Williamsburg, VA; same historic time period. It has a working kitchen that prepares period recipes, and a “high-tech” mechanical spit-turner. There is a...More

Thank Is4bel2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time with our tour quide "Christa" in the palace. She was so full of facts and fun. She was so open to letting us go at our own speed since we were her last tour. Thanks Christa for our tour and...More

Thank ibeasavage
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing treasure in New Bern! The staff is wealth of knowledge about both the grounds and the history of the building. So much care has gone into the restoration and maintenance of the site. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. You can...More

Thank Aine0802
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The History Center is very extensive; one could spend HOURS there. To our surprise, the Pepsi Museum was for ALL ages (not just kids) and so well done. We didn't leave enough time to explore that part of the museum fully. Sadly, the free shuttle...More

Thank JeannieBeenie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour of this lovely old palace was very informative and enjoyable. Our tour guide was June and she really knows her history of the New Bern area. Some of the tour is self guided but the home itself is a guided tour. The grounds...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited and did the history center only. Need a few hours to do the entire offering. Plan at least 4 hours if you want to do the place and historical walk.

Thank Roxie411
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great historic governors palace. So much care to remodel the palace grounds back to how it must have looked! The guides were great. The self guided parts were nice we could stroll the gardens and buildings at our speed. My second time back. I think...More

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought the tour of the home was very nice. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and did well. very interesting to see the paintings and such of the time

Thank Antonio G
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16 August 2016|
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Response from LysaAlex | Reviewed this property |
Museum anytime. Replica only on Saturdays
11 July 2016|
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Response from catniss21 | Reviewed this property |
The history center itself is wheelchair accessible. There may be access in the palace, but I did not see any. The stairs are quite narrow and difficult for people with mobility issues, so you will want to check with the... More
Paige B
9 September 2015|
Response from tryonpalace | Property representative |
Hello. We have ample free parking available in two locations: 1) at the North Carolina History Center, where you can purchase tickets and ride a shuttle (weather permitting) to the Palace's main gate; 2) on Eden Street... More