All visitors to Tryon Palace, North Carolina History Center, New Bern Academy, Waystation and other DNCR facilities, must wear face masks at all times within indoor settings.
Tryon Palaces offers ONE DAY, GARDEN, or GALLERIES & GARDEN PASSES daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
In addition to the daily passes, there are specialized weekly and seasonal tours, lectures and special events throughout the year. See Calendar for what additional tours and events might be available during your visit.
Ticket Purchase and Information
Begin your visit, and purchase passes at one of the Ticket Desks, located at the main entrance to the North Carolina History Center (529 S. Front Street), or at the Waystation in front of the Palace gates (610 Pollock Street) in New Bern, NC. Our Ticket Desk staff will help plan your itinerary and provide additional information about the current gallery exhibits at the History Center, Tryon Palace tours, gardens and grounds, and our other historic homes. To fully enjoy your experience, please plan for a half day. (Some historic homes have not re-opened; please ask at Ticket Desk for updates.)
Children 5 & under are always FREE
Guest Rules – During your visit, please do not touch or lean on furnishings, or bring food, drink, candy, or gum into the historic buildings. Also, flash photography is not allowed.
North Carolina’s tax laws–N.C. General Statute § 105-164.4(a)(10)- Jan. 1, 2015, Tryon Palace must charge sales tax on admissions, programs, and special events. The tax applied consists of the current state sales tax of 4.75 percent and the current Craven County tax of 2 percent.
Admission Passes to Tryon Palace and the NC History Center are not refundable once purchased.
Admission Tickets & Tours Available
ONE DAY PASS
- Adults: $20
- Youth: Ages 6-14; $10
- Offered Monday through Sunday
- Admittance to Palace’s 16 acres of gardens and grounds, and historic homes, a tour of the Governor’s Palace first floor, cellar and the Kitchen Office, and admittance to museum galleries and exhibits in the North Carolina History Center. (At this time, some exhibits and historic homes may be closed for your safety.)
After Royal Governor William Tryon chose New Bern to be the Province of North Carolina’s capital city, he made plans to build a capitol that was to become one of the finest public buildings in the American colonies. The extravagant cost of its construction, regal size and elegance soon earned the new government building the nickname of “the Governor’s Palace” among NC colonists who were not so pleased with the taxes levied on them to pay for it. Today you can tour the re-constructed Palace, built from John Hawk’s original plans, furnished and decorated as it may have looked when it opened in 1770. Costumed interpreters will guide you through its grand interior rooms, describing their purpose and how Tryon and his family may have lived while there.
- Sunday thru Friday: 12 noon to 3:30 pm, Saturday: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
- Tours offered every 30 minutes
- 30 minutes long
- Reservations of tour time required
- Includes tour of the Kitchen Office
- Purchase ONE DAY PASS: Adults $20; Youth $10
Tickets for ONE DAY PASSES ARE AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK ONSITE. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your desired tour time, as Palace Tours are limited capacity and fill up quickly, especially on weekends.
ONE DAY PASSES may be purchased in advance ONLINE for WEEKENDS ONLY. To reserve your tour and purchase a ONE DAY PASS for a WEEKEND ONLINE, click HERE. ONLINE sales for ONE DAY PASSES for the current weekend close on Friday at 3 PM. Tickets for Palace Tours will be available for purchase on-site at Ticket Desks as well.
GALLERIES & GARDENS PASS
- Adults: $12
- Youth: Ages 6-14; $6
- Offered Monday through Sunday
- Includes admission to museum galleries and exhibits at the North Carolina History Center, and the Palace gardens and grounds.
- Does not include a Palace Tour.
(At this time, some exhibits may be closed for your safety.)
- Adults: $6
- Youth: Ages 6-14; $3
- Offered Monday through Sunday
- Includes admission to more than 16 acres of beautiful colonial revival gardens, including the Palace’s Kellenberger, Latham and Kitchen, and Wilderness gardens.
Military Encampment on Palace Grounds
Explore an 18th century military encampment and observe the living history of a soldier’s life. Learn the differences in living quarters for soldiers and officers, the defensive weaponry used in camp and on foot, the handmaking tools and demonstrations of those tools in use, and be tempted by the savory smells of meals prepared from their limited rations cooking over a campfire. Occasionally the roar of a musket firing can be witnessed when interpreters demonstrate the loading of this period weapon.
- Offered Daily – 1 to 3 PM on the Palace Grounds (Weather dependent.)
- Included with All Passes
North Carolina History Center
The NC History Center was established in 2010. It is a LEED certified building adjacent to the Tryon Palace grounds. Within is the Regional History Museum showcasing exhibits that highlight much of Eastern North Carolina’s remarkable history from colonial times into statehood, through the centuries thereafter into modern times, with exhibits and collections of artifacts. The Pepsi Family Center entices young people to discover what it was like to be living in a North Carolina coastal town in 1835. Other galleries, including the Duffy, Guion and Cannon offer special exhibits and collections for viewing.
- Open Daily – Monday to Saturday; 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday; 12 Noon to 5 PM
- Included with ONE DAY and GARDENS & EXHIBITS PASSES
Other Tours Available
Behind the Scenes Tours
Led by our in-house experts, these special tours take you behind the scenes and operations of Tryon Palace, offering an in-depth perspective of the Palace’s beautiful gardens, the creation of the period costumes worn by our interpreters, or the conservator’s tricks of the trade in preserving our many fabulous artifacts and collections. See events calendar for which tour is being offered during your visit.
- Offered every Tuesday at 2 PM
- One hour long
- Tours rotate weekly between Gardens, Costume Shop or Conservation Lab.
- Separate Admission Ticket required: Adults $10; Children $5
Join Tryon Palace’s Conservator for a look at the conservation efforts practiced to preserve artifacts on exhibit within the Governor’s Palace, gardens, historic homes, and NC History Center. How is Queen Charlotte’s portrait in the Palace kept from deteriorating? Observe techniques and tools used to preserve items that are centuries old. Dependent on what current projects are in the Lab…watch how brass is cleaned and polished, how a collectible is gilded, or how 18th century furniture was crafted. Some tricks of the trade may be applied to items in your own home!
The many unseen details and layers of Tryon Palace’s period costumes and their creation are revealed by our Historic Costume Interpreter. This tour begins at the historic Jones House with a brief background of the building’s history, followed by a visit to the Tryon Palace Costume Shop on the first floor. While there, learn about historical clothing research, the sewing techniques that were used in the past, and get a sneak peek at current projects underway in the costume shop.
For this popular outdoor tour, Tryon Palace’s Gardens and Greenhouse Manager leads you through the gardens of historic homes and into the Palace colonial revival gardens including the Latham, Kellenberger and Kitchen gardens, followed by a visit to the scenic Wilderness Garden behind the Palace. Learn the history of each garden, and some of the changes made to them over time. Explore significant plants found throughout the grounds, and learn what’s blooming now, ending with a visit to the Nursery Yard. Be prepared for some walking with this tour.
Offered once monthly, these themed tours are a favorite! As Outlander fans know, Jamie and Claire Fraser visited with Governor William Tryon not too soon after arriving in the Colonies. On these tours you can experience what they might have encountered at Tryon Palace and in New Bern pre-Revolution. There were whispers of discontent and unrest among the colonists, as many opposed the building of the Governor’s “Palace” and the taxes imposed upon them to build. There were secret discussions of discontent with British rule as well. At first Jamie Fraser supported Governor Tryon and the Crown, he later changed his mind. Discover some of the reasons that led to his decision.
Outlander – The Spark of the Rebellion
On this tour you will join a group of time travelers at Tryon Palace, the colonial capital of New Bern c. 1770s. There you will encounter the Royal Governor’s militia at their encampment to learn the latest news on the Colony. Your travels will also take you to meet a local physick and surgeon who is an acquaintance of Claire’s, for consultation on some of his healing remedies and techniques.
- Offered once monthly, see Events Calendar
- One hour long
- Please arrive at Palace gates by 9:15 AM, tour begins promptly at 9:30 AM
- Separate Admission Ticket required: Adults $20