Things to do in New Bern, North Carolina (NC): The Best Museums

May 14, 2022 Franklyn Hardiman

New Bern /ˈnuːbərn/ is a city in Craven County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 29,524, which had risen to an estimated 30,242 as of 2013. It is the county seat of Craven County and the principal city of the New Bern Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Restaurants in New Bern

317 Pollock St, New Bern, NC 28560-4944 +1 252-633-4369 http://www.carolinacreations.com
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Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Gallery

When no ordinary gift will do, visit Carolina Creations. We're part art gallery, part contemporary gift shop. We represent a vast selection of American hand crafted pottery, jewelry, glass, wood, paintings and gifts by local, regional and nationally known artists. For 24 years we've showcased art you'll love and use -- every day. We're open seven days a week. Come find out how easy it is to fall in love.

Reviewed By lindariesch

Carolina Creations has beautiful and unusual gifts, especially when you are looking for an elegant, one-of-a-kind wedding or special event present. The local artists are so diverse. I can always find a special keepsake or gift, and the staff are so helpful. It's my favorite shop downtown New Bern.

2. New Bern Fireman's Museum

420 Broad St, New Bern, NC 28560-4905 +1 252-636-4087 [email protected] http://www.newbernfiremuseum.com
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

New Bern Fireman's Museum

Attraction featuring antique fire engines including those used in the 1922 fire that destroyed one-third of the city. All equipment was used in New Bern, so the tour includes info about the persons who used the equipment, as well as how it worked. A Children's area offers many hands-on opportunities

Reviewed By nceast100 - New Bern, United States

A New Bern jewel that is a rewarding visit for all; young and old; local or visitor. Friendly volunteer guides will show you through the well maintained exhibits and beautifully restored and historic firehouse.

3. North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace

529 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28562-5601 +1 800-767-1560 [email protected] http://www.tryonpalace.org/north-carolina-history-center
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4.5 based on 901 reviews

North Carolina History Center - Tryon Palace

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 By gwkelley - Raleigh, United States

We bought the ticket that included tours, garden and multiple locations. Beautiful grounds, passionate employees who honor the property and enjoy sharing their knowledge to the visitors. I would recommend planning 3 hours to tour, walk, and discover New Bern’s history.

4. The Next Chapter Books & Art

320 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28560-2134 +1 252-633-5774 http://www.thenextchapternc.com
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The Next Chapter Books & Art

228 Craven St Historic Isaac Taylor House, New Bern, NC 28560-2152 +1 252-649-1712 [email protected] http://www.greatergoodgallery.com
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Greater Good Gallery

It's up to all of us to create a positive community with our neighbors. Greater Good Gallery supports all creative folk... inventors, collaborators, artisans, and performers. It's our responsibility to share our skills and talents for the greater good. Join us please in our endeavor to promote exhibits, events and artistic demonstrations. We are proud of everyone who has the courage to create in spite of doubts or fears. With determination and diligence, the arts is not an easy path as it is full of obstacles, judges and naysayers. With support of our creative communities, we gain the confidence to move around obstacles and build a innovative and prosperous collective of artists and patrons. Let us structure the creative economy now to inspire the next generation. Greater Good Gallery sells original artwork and crafted-creations to friends and tourists in our historic 310-year old town at 228 Craven Street in New Bern, Eastern North Carolina.

6. New Bern Academy Museum

508 New St, New Bern, NC 28560-4820 +1 252-639-3524 http://www.tryonpalace.org/new-bern-academy-museum
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New Bern Academy Museum

Reviewed By ourgrandpasattic - Kyle, United States

I had been to New Bern for over four years and had never had even one person tell me about this Awesome Museum! It was a walk back into time for me as the first floor was filled with architecture and photos of homes built in each style. It was amazing to see the old school desks that students sat at when this was the very first state school in North Carolina. The school served as a hospital during the Civil War and you could almost feel the soldiers watching you. Uniforms, drum from the Battle of New Bern, shells, artifacts, and oh, the photos of the soldiers!! This is now my "Happy Place". Where I go to reflect, be still, learn, enjoy history at it's best. There is no fee for this place. How can they do that? Open on Friday's, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12:30-4:30. This is a total MUST SEE while enjoying New Bern, North Carolina!

317 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560-4928 +1 252-638-2577 http://www.cravenarts.org/
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Craven Arts Council & Gallery Bank of the Arts

8. New Bern Art Exhibit

309 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560-4978 +1 252-259-4848 http://www.newbernartexhibit.com
New Bern Art Exhibit

Middle Street, New Bern, NC 28560 +1 252-633-3715 http://www.communityartistsgallery.org/
Community Artist Gallery & Studios

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