Special Exhibits

Each trip to Tryon Palace should include an experience that's new, exciting, and different from your last visit. Whether it's rare exhibitions that display objects from the Tryon Palace Collection, traveling exhibitions, or a local art show, you never know what you'll see in the Duffy Exhibition Gallery, and other locations around the site.

Barbour Boats Exhibit

The North Carolina History Center currently resides at the former location of Barbour Boats, one of New Bern's most notable companies. Follow in the wake of Barbour Boats from its creation in the 1930s to its closure in 1997, and beyond. 

The Barbour Boats Exhibit will be open to the public June 30, 2018 to January 13, 2019 in the Duffy Exhibition Gallery inside the North Carolina History Center. 

But don't wait to visit this exhibit! The "Capt'n Hub" Barbour racing hull will be on display for a limited time only! On September 5, the "Capt'n Hub" will be returned to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC, where it lives permanently. 


Craven Arts Council & Gallery Public Sculpture Park

The public sculpture park sponsored by the Craven Arts Council & Gallery has been relocated to the grounds surrounding the North Carolina History Center. Take a stroll around the North Carolina History Center to experience the following works:

"Two Circles" by Dana Gingras

Dana Gingras's primary mediums are glass, metal, and wood. His work comes from the process of understanding these materials, their intrinsic properties, and inherent beauty. His goal is to create something new and visually stimulating, yet still retain the natural dignity of material.

“Two Circles” is the third piece in his window series, which celebrates steel for its strength and timelessness while incorporating the context of the natural world. The windows, while definitely substantial in size and weight, urge the viewer to see them and also to see through them, to focus on the negative space and all the beauty that surrounds them.

 "Printemps" by Dan Millspaugh
Dan Millspaugh was born in Miami, Florida and attended the University of Miami where he received his BFA in Ceramics and MFA in Sculpture. He served four years in the US Coast Guard and moved to North Carolina in 1981. Since then he taught at University of North Carolina - Asheville, primarily in sculpture and photography and currently holds the rank Emeritas Professor of Art.
His work has gone through many changes over the years. He has concen-trated on bronze and aluminum casting; the figure; totemic forms; weld-ing of steel and nonferrous metal and iron casting.

The medium of "Printemps" is cast iron. The material and process were attractive to Millspaugh because of the necessity of a group activity. Sculpture in general needs more than one person and enhances the teach-ing process. He states that his, "fondly remembered experiences in undergraduate and graduate school were group efforts."

"Rain" by Hanna Jubran
Hanna Jubran received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently a Sculpture Professor and Sculpture Area Coordinator at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Hanna’s work addresses the concepts of time, movement, balance and space. Each sculpture occupies and creates its own reality influenced by its immediate surroundings. The work does not rely on one media to evoke the intended response, but takes advantage of compatible materials such as, wood, granite, steel, iron and bronze.

For information about purchasing any of these pieces, please contact the Craven Arts Council & Gallery at (252) 638-2577.