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“New Burn NC is full of wonderful entertainment.”

North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in New Bern
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The trolly was wonderful and extremely informative then we visited the palace and were educated by a wonderful tour guide.

Our friends asked, if there was enough to do in New Burn? The answer is yes, it takes more than a week to take in all of the sites.

Great relaxing vacation.

Beautiful town, full of history.

Thank Betty C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was beautiful. The one room is packed full of information and history about New Bern and North Carolina. There is a lot of potential for more. It could easily be an all day family trip if they added more exhibits. I spent 90 minutes alone in the one room reading and watching the videos. The only negative thing I will say is the one video is motion activated and is so annoying and loud. So, other than avoiding walking by that video and having to hear it again and again while other people walk by it was a great museum overall.

Thank Emily S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have lived in New Bern for over 9 years now and of all the places to tour, this is everyone's absolute favorite!!! From the youngest kids to senior citizens, it is universally loved. I was truly surprised that our young grandchildren enjoyed touring the historic palace, homes and museums. They especially LOVED the history center displays. The food in the little restaurant is really good and there is almost always parking available. I just can't recommend a visit here highly enough.

Thank schultzrebecca
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked there right after we checked into hotel to get info on Tyron palace , by the time I left, Bob at the info desk had helped me plan my whole time there. I had a map, he recommended where to eat all my meals, where to go and how long to plan at each place. He was “ spot on!” Watch the film there that tells the history of the palace, other exhibits interesting also

Thank janet1958_12
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What makes a great visit to a living museum property? The Docents! Take all the tours and ask questions, these volunteer docents were excellent! Plan on spending a few hours and buy the full package - all the houses, the gardens, and out-buildings. If you are tuckered out at the end, there is a cool little electric-bus to take you back into town. My favorite was the kitchen, it is a do-not-miss as it is a phenomenal glimpse into the lives and living arrangements of the ordinary people in colonial America.

Thank sandvigenmt
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