Tryon Palace Offers Free Admission and Tours on ‘Free Day’

Free Access to Historic Grounds, Discounted Admission to NCHC Exhibits on Feb. 7

NEW BERN, NC – Feb. 7, 2015

Tryon Palace’s historic buildings, gardens, trade demonstrations and the Hugh Morton photography exhibit will be open to the public at no cost during “Free Day: Working 9 to 5.” Free Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, and discounted passes to the North Carolina History Center’s permanent exhibits will be available.

On the historic site, Free Day will include first-floor tours of the Governor’s Palace, Kitchen Office, Stanly House, Dixon House, trade demonstrations and access to 16 acres of gardens. The sights and smells of colonial America’s tradespeople will come to life throughout the day in the form of colonial recipes cooking in the Kitchen Office, chocolate making in the trades building and an 18th-century medical demonstration on the Daves House lawn.

Free activities continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center, where visitors can enjoy several craft activities, a lecture about photographer Hugh Morton, and a spinning demonstration that shows how animal and plant fibers become yarn. Crafts are designed for younger visitors and include making trade signs, fashion paper dolls and felting. 

Stephen Fletcher, curator of the free photography exhibit at the North Carolina History Center entitled “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective,” will give a free lecture in Cullman Performance Hall at 2 p.m. The lecture will be a discussion of Hugh Morton’s photography and his life in North Carolina. Both the exhibit and lecture are free to the public.

Visitors who wish to explore the North Carolina History Center’s two permanent exhibits will be able to do so at a discounted rate. Galleries Passes, which include the Regional History Museum and the Pepsi Family Center, will be available as follows: $10 adults, $3 youth (grades 1-12) and kindergarten-and-under admitted free.

Free Day is an annual event held at Tryon Palace during the first Saturday in February, thanks to a generous grant from the Harold H. Bate Foundation. 

For more information call 252-639-3500 or visit

Feb. 7: Hugh Morton’s North Carolina (Lecture)

Feb. 12: Family Night at the Museum

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

Feb. 21: Carolina Chamber Music Festival

March 1: ENCWA Bridal Show

Tryon Palace Media Contact
Craig Ramey
Marketing and Communications, Manager
Phone: (252) 639-3511

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: 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