Tryon Palace Foundation

Your membership brings North Carolina's history to life.

Your membership is part of our history. It's how we began, it's who we are, and it's where we're going. 

Tryon Palace opened to the public in 1959 because a small group of supporters had the dream of preserving our nation's history for future generations. That dream lives today in the form of the Governor's Palace, historic homes, handmade costumes, rare artifacts, interactive exhibits, beautiful gardens, and special events held throughout the year. At Tryon Palace, our nation's history comes to life daily, an experience that would not be possible without our members.

Members are important to our past, but even more valuable to our future. Just as it was more than half a cenutry ago, your membership in the Tryon Palace Foundation brings North Carolina's history to life. 

Basic Membership Benefits

Membership Levels

Supporter: $75 - $149

  • Basic Membership for one adult

Sustainer: $150 - $499

  • Basic Membership for two adults, plus:
  • General admission for children/grandchildren under 18 (with accompanying member)
  • Discount tickets for guests (with accompanying member)

Palace Contemporaries: Ages 18-39

  • Discount on Supporter or Sustainer Membership for members between 18 and 39 (with proof of birthdate; expires upon renewal after 40th birthday)
  • Supporter: $50; Sustainer: $100
  • Invitation to exclusive Palace Contemporaries events

Patron: $500 - $999

  • Sustainer benefits, plus:
  • Early notification of Tryon Palace trips
  • Donor Exclusive experience at Performing Arts events (with presentation of membership card)

Benefactor: $1,000+

  • Patron benefits, plus:
  • Two tickets for admission to Candlelight Celebration, including invitation to Candlelight donor reception and first tour
  • Addition to the North Carolina History Center Donor Wall and Digital Donor Wall
  • 10% discount on one-time venue rental

Memberships are non-transferable. ID required when using membership card.

Beginning January 1, 2015, in accordance with N.C. General Statute §105-164.4(a)(10), Tryon Palace is required to charge sales tax on the non-deductible portion of all memberships. The tax applied will consists of current sales tax of 4.75% and current 2% Craven County tax. As always, please consult your tax advisor regarding tax deduction issues.

 Contact our Development Office at (252) 639-3519 for more information about tax-deduction opportunities.

Please note that contributions made up to 60 days prior to membership expiration will be counted as a membership renewal. Gifts made more than 60 days prior to membership expiration will be included as an additional gift for your membership.


More Information

  • Printed donation form: print out, complete and mail to: Tryon Palace Foundation, P.O. Box 1007, 28563.
  • Contact us: Email, call 1-800-767-1560; or visit North Carolina History Center, 529 S. Front St., New Bern, NC 28562
  • Download Our Brochure