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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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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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Wardrober's Tour

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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New Bern, North Carolina
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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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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Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love history, you will definitely enjoy and should not miss this tour. While the mansion is not the original, it was rebuilt after a fire on the same foundation. Accurate inventory records were kept and the rooms were refurnished in true period furniture and accessories. The mansion is beautiful and since we were there right before the holidays,... More 

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Zimmerman, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in during early December and took a tour of the home and out buildings, if you are a history buff or interested in architecture of the day you should enjoy it.

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Southport, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with my family of 4, ages 5, 17, and 50 somethings. Tyron Palce is an excellent representation of North Carolina Colonial history and life like it was for the governor and staff. Highly recommend. Allow minimum of 4 hours. To tour all the grounds, surrounding houses and the NC History Museum, you need all day set aside.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite a rainy day, we went to the Tryon Palace and enjoyed an excellent tour of the main house as well as the kitchen office. We were there for the first tour of the day and there were only four of us total. So, we had plenty of time to look and listen and had plenty of opportunity to ask... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The History Center is a very nice place to visit. Center is handicapped accessible. From here you can purchase tickets and get a free shuttle to visit the Tryon Palace, which is a nice place with guided tours.

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New Bern
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Something for all ages. Interactive historic activity. Galleries, cafe, gift shop. Very interesting and engaging. Part of down town all walkable from hotels and B&B.

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