North Carolina History Center
New Bern, North Carolina
Tryon Palace

The Tryon Palace living history museum provides hands-on learning and supports a variety of educational experiences for visitors. Tryon Palace interprets the former capitol of colonial North Carolina on a 22-acre site with colonial-era homes and structures within a unique interpretive landscape, allowing visitors to tour historic facilities and participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations. Following a detailed master planning process, Quinn Evans created a comprehensive vision to unify the existing living history museum and improve the visitor experience with a permanent exhibit and education space. A former brownfield site was transformed into a lively cultural hub, welcoming visitors and presenting the history, culture, and the coastal ecology. The North Carolina History Center addresses the museum’s need for visitor amenities and orientation spaces. The center’s contemporary design pays homage to the local architectural heritage and features dynamic and engaging exhibits, a 200-seat auditorium, offices, a café, and retail and instructional spaces. Reconstructed wetlands connect the interpretive experience to the surrounding landscape.

The Solution


  • Honor Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Maryland and Potomac Chapters
  • Honor Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Maryland
“Quinn Evans’ continued dedication to our project helped make the review process…of the master plan and schematic designs an effortless experience.”
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