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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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Great time for families

We are local and took our daughter to the History Center for something to do on a winter break. She... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Leah F
Must like history

If you enjoy the history of colonial America, 18th century North Carolina, English nobility... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dean D
Ft. Lauderdale
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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 3 days ago

We are local and took our daughter to the History Center for something to do on a winter break. She had a blast (7 year old) on the interactive displays- I did too :). There is another side of the center for adults and we...More

Thank Leah F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you enjoy the history of colonial America, 18th century North Carolina, English nobility, architecture or interpretive history; The Tryon Palace is s must see.

Thank Dean D
Reviewed 1 week ago

By all means, take the guided tours of the Tryon Palace and the other two houses nearby. The History Center itself is extremely nice and enjoyable. Very affordable and informative.

Thank John C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited prior to our tour of Troon Palace. A 10 minute orientation video helped to acclimate us. There are a few nice exhibits and a quaint gift shop. A good stop before touring!

Thank Janejim37
Reviewed 1 week ago

The palace tour is nice because the docents dress in the time period of the palace. However the tickets for Sunday should not be $20 because you do not have enough time to see all of the tours that you pay for! On Sunday the...More

Thank glu4u
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Grand day at the palace. Wonderful gardens and palace tour. So lucky we still can visit places like this and learn about our heritage. Very nice guides to take you back in time. Very happy we spent some time there.

Thank Golfgma
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been going here since I was a kid. Tryon Palace is a great place to learn about the start of NC history.

Thank KCCO1970
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great way to see how things were in the past. There are people that act as though they are living in that time period and answer any and all questions you may have. I took my 4th grade classes there and they...More

Thank Kathi M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great visit with the grandkids, lots of history and we loved the gardens! The history center is interactive and tons of fun!

Thank Vickie F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful historic location on the waterfront in downtown New Bern. Period character lead tours given daily and special events offered each month.

Thank Linda M
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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