Learn about the North Carolina’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.
Museum of the Marine
824 Gum Branch Road, Suite P
Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-937-0033
The design of the first phase of the Museum of the Marine (formerly the Marine Museum of the Carolinas) was presented in May 2016, along with the unveiling of the eagle, globe and anchor statue that will adorn the Reflection and Celebration Park grounds at Lejeune Memorial Gardens. Plans for the museum are going forward after a 17-year delay. Visit the website for updates.
New Bern Firemen’s Museum
420 Broad St.
New Bern, NC 28560 252-636-4087
Visit the New Bern Firemen’s Museum for the history of the first chartered fire company in North Carolina. Experience the Great Fire of 1922 that destroyed over 1,000 buildings and left much of the city in ruin. Talk to New Bern’s famous fire horse, Fred, and bring the kids for a day of learning. With hands-on exhibits and an impressive collection of authentic memorabilia, this is a museum you don’t want to miss. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Birthplace of Pepsi
256 Middle St.
New Bern, NC 28560 252-636-5898
Take a trip to the birthplace of Pepsi, in New Bern, North Carolina. Step back in time and enjoy a fountain Pepsi, learn about the history of the inventor and browse the shop for souvenirs. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tryon Palace/North Carolina History Center
529 S. Front St.
New Bern, NC 28562 800-767-1560
At Tryon Palace, North Carolina’s history is more than a story — it’s an experience. It was here where governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. Today, costumed guides, working craftspeople, engaging character interpreters and American history come to life on its grounds. Enjoy the Governor’s Palace and surrounding historic homes, stunning gardens and interactive exhibits. The North Carolina History Center is a new $65 million addition to the Tryon Palace & Gardens complex. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, with some seasonal changes. Visit the website for more information.