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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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Wonderful Experience! We will Visit, again!

We spent two hours touring just one of the main buildings (Palace with kitchen and stables). The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Spent all day at Tryon Palace

Another reviewer suggested you start your visit to New Bern here and we DID! Purchased the one day... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 4 days ago

We spent two hours touring just one of the main buildings (Palace with kitchen and stables). The guides were dressed in Period costumes and were very knowledgeable. We didn't' have time to visit the other houses, included on the ticket, but heard good reviews of...More

Thank wisconsin46
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another reviewer suggested you start your visit to New Bern here and we DID! Purchased the one day pass. Being from out of state this was perfect. The NC history center was detailed and informative. Caught us up on state history. Moving on to the...More

Thank WA_traveller57
Reviewed 1 week ago

beautiful details and well informed tour. we will visit again. new bern has lots of interesting and beautiful homes. a lot of history in this town

Thank Terry s
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tryon Palace is a great place to visit. It can be hot in the summer months so visiting in the Spring or Fall would be the best. The gardens and landscaping are awesome. It's a great place to take pictures of you family.

2  Thank dheflin57
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The North Carolina History Center offers ticket purchases, an orientation video, a couple of galleries, the Pepsi Family Center (children & adults can travel back in time to a 19th century village) and a gift shop. Then, step back in time during a guided tour...More

1  Thank MSME22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting and exhibits change frequently. Lots of guest speakers. Lovely little restaurant adjacent to the Center. Well worth the trip.,

1  Thank mariah73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum at the history center at Tryon palace is full of pictures, artifacts and information about native Americans, early settlers and enslaved people. We enjoyed it very much The center also sponsors education events which are historical in nature. We have attended a couple...More

Thank 2havinfuneveryday
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took the palace and house tour and visited the history museum last month for the first time. The history of Tryon Palace is truly fascinating! The docents do an excellent job of bringing the history to life. You'll leave wanting to tell everyone what...More

Thank ericaevans11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really fun and informative tour of the building. I could have spent all day wandering the brick-walled vegetable garden.

Thank ChristineSaxton
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I lived in NC for most of my life and learned about Tryon Palace over 15 years ago. I have moved away but saw the opportunity for a short "side trip" to mark this off my bucket list. Specifically, I wanted to stroll the gardens...and...More

Thank MeandBabyBlue
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16 August 2016|
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Response from LysaAlex | Reviewed this property |
Museum anytime. Replica only on Saturdays
10 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