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Tryon Palace, History Center to Reopen

Visitors can tour the first floor of Tryon Palace in New Bern beginning Sept. 14. Photo: Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace in downtown New Bern will reopen to visitors Monday for palace tours and museum exhibits in the North Carolina History Center.

Tryon Palace suspended public operations March 17 in accordance with Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 117, and to help limit the spread of COVID-19.  The gardens were opened on June 9.

The new guidelines under North Carolina’s “Safer At Home Phase 2.5” executive order will be followed, including limited tours of the Palace and visiting the History Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cullman Hall, Duffy Gallery, the Pepsi Family Center and the Orientation Theatre will remain closed due to insufficient space to allow social distancing and interactive exhibits. Notable Women of New Bern, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment is a new exhibit that guests can visit in the Gateway Gallery.

Guided tours will follow strict occupancy limits, social distancing protocol and additional sanitation procedures between tour groups, according to palace officials. Tours will be limited to the first floor and cellar. The Gardens and Palace grounds remain open for self-guided tours.

Ticket prices reflect the changes and can be purchased at the Waystation, 610 Pollock St. across from the Palace front gate, and at the History Center Ticket Desk in the lobby next to the Museum Store.

For more information call 800-767-1560 or 252-639-3500 or visit for the most up-to-date information on programs, events and activities offered.

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