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North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace

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Address: 529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562
Phone Number: +1 800-767-1560
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Shopping
Description: Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and...
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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Take a trip to the Once Capital of N.C. USA

This was the Capital of N.C. see what it was like back then at that time. This town is older than the USA, with wonderful views of nature and Historic places to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was the Capital of N.C. see what it was like back then at that time. This town is older than the USA, with wonderful views of nature and Historic places to see.

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Four Oaks, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very interesting. Tour guides know everything about the place. Nice grounds and other buildings. Must climb up and down stairs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

As I grow more interested in history and hungry for knowledge and sharing it with my children these types of opportunities become a must in our vacation planning. The grounds are beautiful, the staff very knowledgeable and the exposure is priceless. The blacksmith tour was my absolute favorite part!! Do it!

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Go early, spend the whole day learning and appreciating the history. You can start out at the history center, take a shuttle ride to the Tryon palace, then walk to the other houses in the museum system...all guided tours by knowledgeable guides. The docent in the kitchen at the Tryon palace was very knowledgeable, the others were also well-educated. We... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great location on the water front, great little place to eat, gift shop and even attended at wedding there recently.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Palace and visitors center has been expanded since I last visited. The visitor center is spacious with many exhibits, including a very fun center for children and families. The all day pass includes the visitors center, the Palace, and two historic home tours. We spent 5 hours here, and could have spent more time. The admission price ($18 per... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Nice museum in a beautiful venue. Nice brunch restaurant or wine/cheese at night. Nice visitor kiosk in the center of center to help folks with planning other adventures and learning more about the area.

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The palace is nice and glad we were able to experience the tour. We had a lovely gent give us a speedy tour which we really appreciated. Our first lady tour guide was a little harsh when we needed to leave with a crying baby so the rest of the group could enjoy themselves. All in all it was a... More 

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Winston-Salem, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Excellent experience visiting Tryon Palace, Stanly House and Dixon House. The buildings are well restored and authentically furnished. Restored gardens are a plus. Staff and volunteers are knowledgable and very welcoming. We gained perspective on our own historic home. Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Period costumed actors do a great job bringing you into the history! If you don't know much about the colonial period you will learn. If you do you can participate in the conversations in a very enjoyable manner.

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