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North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace

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Address: 529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562-5601
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+1 800-767-1560
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George...

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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If you like history and touring old buildings, this is the place for you. My husband and I really enjoyed walking around to all of the sites. The $20 day pass is the best deal... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like history and touring old buildings, this is the place for you. My husband and I really enjoyed walking around to all of the sites. The $20 day pass is the best deal. However, plan do be here for a minimum of 4 hours. Plan to wear comfortable shoes and a lot of walking. There is a shuttle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

New is rich in history and has so many interesting things tied to its origins and history!! Tryon Palace is one of only 3 palaces in the US...can you imagine getting married here...YOU CAN!!! walk among the many manicured gardens and wonder at the grandeur!! It is a hidden surprise!

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Newton, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History not to be outdone by a little fire! The community has done a superb job at keeping this place open to the public and the entire town of New Bern welcomes you with the fabulous spirit of our forefathers.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had some free time while in town and headed over here based on a recommendation from the hotel staff. I had visited Tryon Palace before but had never been to the History Center. It was a quiet week day and I was able to spend a lot of time with the staff member at the front desk. She had... More 

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Randleman, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The guides were extremely knowledgable not only at the palace but also at the museum and the home tours. The gardens would be beautiful during the spring, summer or fall. We were there in January so they were quiet bleak. The palace was as amazing as the story of it being rebuilt.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is next to Tryon Palace and has several sections including a very interactive section suitable for children and families, a geo history walking exhibit for those interested in the development of the state and some great visual exhibits

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Great, little known tour of the wardrobe & costume shop at Tryon Palace. Curator displays & teaches how the period clothes are made on site. Fascinating & fun facts divulged about period clothing & wardrobes for residents & servants alike during the hey day of the governor's palace. If you get the opportunity DO IT!!! You won't be sorry.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Had a lot of information on New Bern.l, the surrounding counties, coastal North Carolina, and civil war, pirates ...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We were overwhelmed at how beautiful the home and gardens are! The tour guide was excellent. We learned much about the area and the time period when the house was built. If you go, be sure to buy the package that includes the surrounding homes. Guests are taxied around on gold carts, so children and elderly people can easily visit.... More 

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Clayton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Took my grandchildren to check out the History Center. Awesome free video about New Bern and the Palace. The Gift Shop has a lot of unusual items as well as candy. If the kids are into Pokemon, they will find a ton of them outside near the boardwalk!

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