N.C. History Center to Host ‘Family Night at the Museum’ on Feb. 12

Costumed Interpreters, Children’s Crafts, Interactive Exhibits Offered 5-8 p.m.

NEW BERN, NC – Feb. 12, 2015

Costumed interpreters, children’s crafts and interactive exhibits will highlight Tryon Palace’s “Family Night at the Museum” Thursday, Feb. 12. This after-hours experience invites families to enjoy the North Carolina History Center’s galleries and crafts from 5-8 p.m.

The North Carolina History Center includes exhibits and activities for all ages. Children will have an opportunity to make photo-inspired crafts like silhouettes and thaumatropes, as well as explore the Pepsi Family Center. This interactive exhibit transports visitors to the 1830s, where they’ll learn to sail a ship, cook historic recipes and more.

Other exhibitions during “Family Night at the Museum” include the Regional History Museum, home to countless artifacts from across Eastern North Carolina, and the photography exhibit “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective.” On loan from the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, “An Uncommon Retrospective” brings together North Carolina’s landmarks, people, events, wildlife, scenery, sports, tourism and its oldest university in an awe-inspiring collection of images that spans across eight decades. 

Admission to “Family Night at the Museum” is $12 for adults and $6 for youth (grades 1-12). Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. and may only be purchased at the North Carolina History Center ticket desk, located at 529 South Front St., New Bern.

Visitors will also have access to shopping in the Tryon Palace Museum Store.

The next “Family Night at the Museum” will be held on Thursday, March 12.

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit www.tryonpalace.org.

Feb. 19: Songs and Stories: A Survey of Jazz Greats

Feb. 21: Carolina Chamber Music Festival

Feb. 28: Our Country, Our State

March 1: ENCWA Bridal Show

About Tryon Palace
Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive  technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Tickets and visitor information are available at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: www.tryonpalace.org or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. 
Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.