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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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12:00 pm - 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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We enjoyed this tour very much. I believe everyone should visit the Tryon Palace. You can go at your own pace and the gardens are very beautiful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this tour very much. I believe everyone should visit the Tryon Palace. You can go at your own pace and the gardens are very beautiful.

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Arcadia, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The Tryon Palace is a great experience. They have active exhibits where visitors can see how things were done in colonial times. Cooking is going on in the kitchen, handicrafts are shown with some hands-on experience for kids. The place is well-cared for and gardens are planted as they would have been back then.

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Pomeroy, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Had our 12 year old niece with us on vacation. Was not sure she would appreciate the history of this place. Surprise - she was doing pictures (where allowed) asking questions and seemed very impressed with the tour. The gardens are wonderful. Museum very nice and a good place to start and end. Also have a shuttle service.

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Florence
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We have been in the fall and spring with our 11 and 5 year old. Took family to visit the second trip in the spring so myself and my 5 year old walked through the gardens. When my 5 yr old went on the actual tour it kept her interest and she was the only small child. My oldest loves... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you go to New Bern NC check out this place for all the facts about NC and the Governors Palace. Great rest stop, gift shop and restaurant and if you like get a ticket to go through the reconstructed 1700 palace. We have been twice to center but have not yet gone into Palace. So much to do in... More 

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Havelock, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We went and walked through the center which was fun, but the actual homes and city is the most amazing part. Though this is family friendly, I took my two young ones age 2 and 5 at the time, and they were not as impressed. I would love to go back and really spend some time walking around. The tour... More 

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Statesboro, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Enjoyed the history and the guide did a great job. Very interesting place. Small Colonial Williamsburg with the costumes and demonstrations of history. It takes several hours to see all that they have to offer

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Port Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Don't skip this place when visiting. The locals have done an amazing job bring this place to life. Wonderful grounds to stroll. Take all of the available tours. We took our time and it was about 5 - 6 hours. All of the people there are very nice and informed.

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Summerville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Since there is no separate entry for Tryon Palace, I thought I'd include it in my review. First off all, the History Center is excellent. From the video introduction to the exhibits, I was very impressed. (Disclaimer: I am in the field of Museum Education) My husband & I especially enjoyed the interactives. Kudos to the designer! The Pepsi Center... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Interesting tour and knowledgeable staff in a beautiful and historical governor's mansion. Completely restored to its beautiful splendor and surrounding gardens complements its greatness.

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Additional Information about North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace

Address: 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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