Special Events

Don't just have an event... make history!

Usage of our facilites offers the opportunity to explore the endless riches of North Carolina's history through an unique Tryon Palace experience.

For more information, please contact the Special Events Department at 252-639-3517 or email events.

North Carolina History Center

History Center Conference Room

Windowed upper-story meeting room overlooking the Wilderness Garden of the Governor’s Palace. An excellent venue for smaller events.

Capacity:18 seated (8 conference table) 
Description:Approximately 270 sq. ft., audio/video/internet

Bate Commons

Protected courtyard bordering a beautiful wetland gardens boardwalk on the Trent River. Ideal for open-air or tented-top gatherings.

Capacity:200 standing, 100 seated 
Description:Approximately 3,500 sq. ft., outdoors

Debnam-Hunt Board Room

This sophisticated, upper-story windowed board room, with a balcony overlooking the Trent River, will bring your meeting to life with its elegance and beautiful views.

Capacity:50 standing, 28 seated 
Description:Approximately 832 sq. ft. with fully-loaded state-of-the-art presentation equipment, including audio/video, internet, nearby breakout rooms, adjoining catering room and kitchen

Cullman Performance Hall

Beautiful auditorium perfect for presentations and performances designed by members of the same team that designed the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Great acoustics and site lines, just more intimate.

Capacity:192 seated, plus four wheelchair locations 
Description:Stage, raked seating, theatre lighting, HD video/audio with large screen

Mattocks Hall

From the sweeping vaulted atrium ceiling to the columned corridors, Mattocks Hall is a perfectly grand setting for special dinners, wedding receptions, and other milestone celebrations.

Capacity:500 standing, 350 seated 
Description:Approximately 4,197 sq. ft., indoors

Cannon Gateway Gallery

Windowed gallery that includes large Tryon Palace 3-D site model, New Bern historic guideline, Barbour Boat Works display, and more. Ideal for standing receptions.

Capacity:75 standing. 
Description:Approximately 1,792 sq. ft.

Chance-Kemp Orientation Theater

Inviting, partially enclosed space for lectures and presentations. Also ideal for small dinners.

Capacity:60 standing, 40 seated for dinner, 48 seated theater-style 
Description:612 sq. ft., A/V with retractable projection screen

Small Orientation Theater

Private interior space next to the Chance-Kemp theater. Ideal for small meetings.

Capacity:35 theater-style, 24 conference-style 
Description:733 sq. ft., A/V with retractable projection screen

Activity Classroom

Multipurpose room for small group activities in informal meetings. Crafting clubs and other activity groups will appreciate the ample workspace.

Capacity:20 seated 
Description:461 sq. ft., work tables, double sink