In an effort to protect the health and safety of its guests, visitors, volunteers, and staff, Tryon Palace site closed, effective Monday, March 16, at 6 p.m.

“At this time, the site will remain closed so that we may thoroughly and thoughtfully respond to the escalating impact of COVID-19,” said William McCrea, executive director of Tryon Palace.

Closures include all buildings and gardens on the Tryon Palace complex, including the Governor’s Palace and grounds, the North Carolina History Center, the New Bern Academy Museum, the Waystation, the Stanly and Dixon houses, and all accompanying Tryon Palace gardens.

During this time, Tryon Palace facilities staff will be conducting a thorough cleaning and sanitation of these locations, including specialized cleaning for technological equipment and collection items exposed to the public.

All Tryon Palace events are canceled at this time.

Pay attention to our website,, and social media regarding rescheduling information for individual events.

In an effort to support social distancing, Tryon Palace is requiring telework for all staff who are able. Only essential staff will be allowed on site, and only to perform imperative actions for the safety and security of our site and collections. Staff time on site will be restricted and staggered work schedules will be adopted.

“We thank you for your continued patience and support as we – like the rest of the world – face this evolving issue with upmost care and concern for public safety,” McCrea said.

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