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North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace

529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562-5601
+1 800-767-1560
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a good place to go

this is the best place to go when you go to New Bern N.C .you get to see the palace, gardens... read more

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New Bern, North Carolina
Tryon Palace

New Bern was actually the capitol of North Carolina at one time. We did not expect to find so much... read more

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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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529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562-5601
+1 800-767-1560
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Reviewed yesterday

this is the best place to go when you go to New Bern N.C .you get to see the palace, gardens, kitchen and stables

Thank landsharkexpress
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

New Bern was actually the capitol of North Carolina at one time. We did not expect to find so much historical information available before we went to New Bern. Wonderful!

Thank omagin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Trying Palace on a Day Pass, loved the "palace" tour (so weird to see King George & Charlotte of Mecklenburg on the walls!) and the Stanly and Dixon houses. All tours were superinformative. Your best bet is to remember the distinction between "of the...More

Thank Joy A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely day we spent visiting the North Carolina History Center and Tryon Palace! They're two different buildings located next to each other. The NC History Center is the place to begin and get your one-day pass. There are two history museums within the...More

1  Thank Jodi307
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for a Christmas season tour & got a great view of the property and structures. Also saw a very well done dramatic presentation on life in the home at the time it was the seat of power in NC. Well done and worth a...More

Thank Jay S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history was well presented. Exhibits cover the gammit of early history with interesting coverage of the economy and life of people in the area.

Thank The3ofus60614
Reviewed 11 December 2017

I came during the Candlelight Christmas Celebration. It was wonderful! Everyone was in costume and in character. When you move from room to room it was like viewing a mini play. It was very good! Each house had its own unique theme. The night was...More

1  Thank marykatherine2016
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Tryon Palace exposes us to the earliest history of our state. A reproduction of the first Governor's Palace in detail. With or without the any activities that are held at the location it is a highly interesting, entertaining and photogenic opportunity to experience our history....More

Thank Jon L
Reviewed 7 December 2017

This was my wife's and I, 2nd visit here. The History Center was added since the last time we were here. We learn something new with every visit. The docents make all the difference, as they are passionate about what they do. The blacksmith shop...More

1  Thank btaes1
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Tryon Palace is so charming and the staff is very friendly. The gardens aren't well kept during this time of year but it was still a wonderful visit.

Thank onslowdrafting
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16 August 2016|
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Response from LysaAlex | Reviewed this property |
Museum anytime. Replica only on Saturdays
11 July 2016|
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Response from catniss21 | Reviewed this property |
The history center itself is wheelchair accessible. There may be access in the palace, but I did not see any. The stairs are quite narrow and difficult for people with mobility issues, so you will want to check with the... More
Paige B
9 September 2015|
Response from tryonpalace | Property representative |
Hello. We have ample free parking available in two locations: 1) at the North Carolina History Center, where you can purchase tickets and ride a shuttle (weather permitting) to the Palace's main gate; 2) on Eden Street... More