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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

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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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

New Bern was the first capital of the colony and later, of the state of North Carolina. The palace was rebuilt from the original blueprints on the original footprint after a devastating fire. The museum was also very educational. There is a fun Pepsi Center for kids to role play. There are several historic homes from different eras. All this... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Tryon Palace/NC History Center are a "must do" on your stop in New Bern, NC. Plan to spend several hours touring the historic homes and palace, the gardens and the amazing grounds. Our children loved the interactive Pepsi Family Center as well.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Wife and I went to see one of the special events at the History Center. This one was of the Great War. It was very interesting and this day had re-enactors. My wife is not a history nut but she enjoyed this very much. We visited the store and found tons of gift ideas. We later walked across the street... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A good place to visit and understand the history of North Carolina both at war, New Bern and industry. They offer different passes from 1 to 2 day passes. The tour also includes the Tyron Palace.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Good way to kill an afternoon and learn some history about North Carolina's first capital. "Time machine" at Pepsi center kinda dumb. Some displays of civil war artifacts interesting. Center was being used for a wedding the day we visited. Docent could not answer our questions about some articles on display. Mansion nice but not extraordinary.

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High Point
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Definitely worth the money to see. I went with my family (including two kids) and had a fun time. It is a beautiful place and our tour guide was quite knowledgeable and entertaining.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 752 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We went to the Museum first and bought two day passes...only $6 more for the second day. They have senior rates which saved a few dollars, but you need to ask; we didn't see it on the sign. There is a shuttle to the Palace, but it was just noon on a Sunday ( opening time at the museum) and... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This palace is a gem that allows you to immerse into history dating back to New Bern as the original capital city of North Carolina. Buy tickets in a visitor's center located next to the palace grounds, and allow an hour to browse through the history of NC located in the museum. Take a shuttle train to the entance of... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Our guide made this experience so worthwhile. She brought to life the time (and the humor) of the early 18th century colonial governor's palace. The palace is wonderfully rebuilt and restored; the staff in the kitchen was especially fun to watch and very engaging. It was a great way to spend the day (and to get out of the heat!).

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Additional Information about North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace

Address: 529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562
Phone Number: +1 800-767-1560
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  New Bern
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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