Astronomy Day, Live Music Under the Stars, Local Author Reads, Watercolor in Hall of Fishes

Arrizza Under the Stars: Live in the Planetarium

Arrizza Under the Stars. An exclusive planetarium live performance by local artist and musician Yannaki Arrizza, based on his recent 2022 album release Astronomia. Saturday, May 20th, 2023 6:00 PM Presale: Individual $30, Member $25. Door price: Individual $35, Member $25.The Vanderbilt Museum will present Arrizza Under the Stars, a new, exclusive planetarium live performance by the Long Island artist and musician Yannaki Arrizza, on Saturday, May 20, at 6:00 pm in the Reichert Planetarium.

Based on his recent 2022 album release Astronomia, the music includes brilliant electronic soundscapes that combine digital and analog synthesizer sounds along with modern textures provided by the latest digital-audio technologies. Astronomia is reminiscent of the soundtrack for the popular Netflix original Stranger Things, combined with deeper experimentations in electronic and ambient realms similar to the popular synth sounds of the 1970s and early 1980s often heard in science-fiction films of the time – hopeful, mysterious, moody, and thought-provoking.

Arrizza’s music is a perfect complement to the spacey, visual landscapes the planetarium can provide with its cutting-edge fulldome video technology. Audiences can expect to be transported into immersive worlds and interstellar mediums that transcend space and time and where the only limit is the imagination. This live performance includes artistic landscapes, original fulldome 3D artwork, projections of star fields and deep-space objects, and includes colorful laser lights through a haze of fog.

This one-time performance is exclusive and can be seen only at the Reichert Planetarium. CDs and merchandise will be available for purchase.


Purchase Tickets


Dave Bush,Director of the Reichert Planetarium, said, “We are thrilled to be working with Yannaki. He is such a motivated and talented musician. His new album, Astronomia, is a perfect match for the planetarium. It has been so much fun creating and combining the images and lasers to go along with such an incredible piece of musical work. I have personally become a fan! The audience is in for an amazing experience.”

Yannaki Arrizza is from a diverse, multi-ethnic background in which art and music were abundant. He is a self-taught Latin/New Age/World guitarist and multi-instrumental artist based in Long Island, N.Y. He learned his craft during his formative years as a musician. His first love was the guitar, which grew out of listening to a variety of Latin American, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern music. He later built upon a repertoire of Spanish guitar combined with the sounds of New Age and Electronic music.

Eventually, Arrizza began to experiment with keyboards and synthesizers. With influences ranging from Yanni, Jean Michel Jarre, Kitaro, and Tangerine Dream, he created a unique combination of Spanish guitar and electronic instrumentations that would dominate his future releases. His synth-oriented music is described as chill Electronica with New Age instrumentation and sensibility combined with the otherworldly sounds and textures of science fiction.

“The Astronomia album was born out of my deep heartfelt love of space, a dedication to the sheer grandeur and beauty of the sacred cosmos. I am so excited to perform at the Reichert Planetarium and it is my wish is to share the experience with you all. The combination of my spacey, otherworldly selections and the cutting-edge fulldome video technology the planetarium provides will create an exclusive one-of-a-kind spectacle. It will dazzle the senses and create an excitement and wonder that will bring joy to one’s heart.”

– Yannaki Arrizza

Astronomy Day: Science Demos, Hands-on Projects, Telescope Viewing

Astronomy Day, Saturday April 29. 11am-3pm: Crafts, science demos, planetarium shows, solar observing, and more! 8pm-10pm: free observing with telescopes (weather permitting). Sponsored by National Grid.The Vanderbilt Reichert Planetarium will celebrate Astronomy Day 2023 on Saturday, April 29. The event is part of an international celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science. Daytime activities are free to all visitors who pay general admission. Evening telescope observing is free.

Sponsored generously by National Grid.


Purchase General Admission Tickets


View Planetarium Show Schedule


Daytime program | 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

This Vanderbilt STEM education event will include exciting science, take-home materials, and engaging discussion about science and society. Participants will create nebula spin art, investigate constellations, explore craters, and much more! These fun activities introduce guests to the ongoing research happening at NASA in the fields of Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics. Astronomy educators will perform free earth science and astronomy demonstrations for adults and children. Toolkits for these demonstrations were developed by the National Informal Science Education Network (NISE NET).

There will be several sessions during the day where members of the Astronomical Society of Long Island, an astronomy club based at the Planetarium, will be offering a brief overview of what you should consider before buying a telescope. After the talk, club members will be available to answer questions and to understand your specific interests, budget, and goals. Times for the sessions will be posted so you can plan to attend at your convenience.




Evening program | 8:00 to 10:00 pm

Reichert Planetarium astronomy educators and the Astronomical Society of Long Island will set up telescopes in the Rose Garden adjacent to the Planetarium. Visitors will have a chance to see close-up views of the Moon and other celestial highlights in the nighttime sky. Viewing is free and telescopes are available to visitors of all ages.

Astronomical Society of Long Island member Ed Anderson will conduct brief sky tours to show you what can be seen with your eyes alone and how binoculars can enhance this experience. If you have binoculars of any size, you are invited to bring them. There will be a limited number available for use during the session. Ed will show you the proper way to adjust binoculars and use them to enhance your enjoyment of the sky.

Note: All planetarium show tickets include general admission (access to the exhibits in the Vanderbilt Mansion, Marine Museum, all grounds and gardens, and our astronomy day celebration).

Local Author Linda Trott Dickman to Read Her Book at Museum Event

The Vanderbilt Museum will present Picture Books & Poetry with Linda Trott Dickman on Sunday, May 21, at 6:00 pm in the Reichert Planetarium Theater. The event is for families with young children. Wear your favorite pajamas and settle in to hear lyrical stories about dreams.

Dickman, who has lived most of her life in East Northport, is an award-winning poet whose work has been anthologized locally and internationally. She is the author of four chapbooks and a poetry prompt book for children of all ages. The coordinator of poetry for the Northport Arts Coalition, she also works with poets of all ages at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and at local museums and leads a poetry workshop at Samantha’s Li’l Bit O’ Heaven coffee house. Dickman is a retired elementary school librarian.

Tickets: $10 | $8 for members


Purchase Tickets


Bring Your Watercolors: Tour and Paint in the Hall of Fishes

Join us in the Hall of Fishes marine museum for a watercolor workshop for adults on Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. For ages 16 and up. Experience is not necessary. Paper and watercolor pencils will be provided. $20 | $18 non-members

A museum educator will discuss William K. Vanderbilt II’s global marine expeditions in the 1920s and 1930s and the work of his curator and artist William Belanske, who accompanied Vanderbilt and made small, intricately detailed paintings of many freshly collected marine specimens. Participants will sketch and paint from the collection.




Next Evening Birdwatch and Estate Tour: April 21

The Vanderbilt Museum’s next Evening Birdwatch and Architecture Tour with the Museum’s director of curatorial affairs is set for Friday, April 21.

Participants will enjoy the unique opportunity to view the Vanderbilt estate at dusk, when the grounds are closed but the birds are active.

Other evenings: May 5 & 19

Tickets are free for members, $12.00 for non-members. Sturdy hiking footwear is strongly suggested, and participants are asked to bring their own binoculars.


Purchase Tickets


Evening birdwatches are biweekly touring events offered during the fall and spring months, when local and migratory bird species are at their most active and visible – during the waves of migration along the Atlantic flyway.


Each “birdwatch” will feature aspects of the estate’s architectural history while participants view the Vanderbilt’s resident avian species and hear their calls and songs. Some of the species observed and identified recently at the Vanderbilt Museum include red-tailed hawks, osprey, merlin, brant, northern flickers, great-horned owls, grackle, white-breasted nuthatch, mourning doves, and more.*8fgk04*_gcl_aw*R0NMLjE2ODEyNDk1MTQuQ2p3S0NBandpdFNoQmhBNkVpd0FxM1JxQThrVVI5SEMyVk11VUFjMUxxVnk2VnJXVnlDUFJKNlA0R29kZkYyX05qRml5M05HTW5zU0xob0NoaWdRQXZEX0J3RQ..&_ga=2.205579984.218731606.1681249514-13087953.1681249514


New Show at Reichert Planetarium: ‘We Are Guardians’

Join us for the premiere of a new award-winning planetarium show: We Are Guardians. Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 3 PM. Adults $16, students and seniors $15, Children ages 2-12 $13, members FREE.The Reichert Planetarium will premiere a new show, We Are Guardians, on Saturday, April 22, at 3:00 pm. Take a journey into, under, and around the many ecosystems across our planet. Ages 8 and up.


Purchase Tickets


We are all connected. Come and find out how.

Join us on a journey into, under, and around the many ecosystems across our planet. Discover how each component fits together, and how the health of each part is vital to the health of Planet Earth. Find out how, with the help of satellites and scientific study, we can understand the links between human activities and climate change, and what we can do to work together to improve the health of our shared home.

This visually stunning show is an immersive science film that features beautiful animation and creative storytelling that viewers of all ages can enjoy together.

‘Our Home: An Earth and Art Adventure’

Our Home: An Earth and Art Adventure! Sunday, May 7, 2023, 3:30-6:30pm. A kids and family event (Ages 6+). Heckscher Museum and Vanderbilt Planetarium. View the art and create a masterpiece at the Hechscher Museum of Art, then enjoy a show at the planetarium! End the night by observing the sky through the Vanderbilt's telescopes (weather permitting). $15/person. Register online at Vanderbilt Museum and The Heckscher Museum of Art are offering Our Home: An Earth and Art Adventure on Sunday, May 7, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm, for families with children age 6 and up.

Begin your adventure at The Heckscher Museum of Art. Explore the exhibitions and create a masterpiece inspired by your home and the place we all call home – Earth!

Then, meet at the Vanderbilt Museum for a 30-minute live lecture on the night sky using the Planetarium theater’s amazing star-projection system. The presenter will show the objects that are visible in the sky the night of the event, including stars, constellations, nebulae, and galaxies. Visitors will then watch the full-dome film We Are Guardians.

Following the programs in the theater, weather permitting, guests will have an opportunity to look through one of the Vanderbilt Observatory telescopes and to create an earth-themed craft. Sandwiches, snacks, and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the Planetarium’s café.

$15 per person. Advance registration is recommended. Walk-ins welcome if space allows.

Register today or call (631) 380-3230.




Lecture – Coastal Playland: Developing L.I. Sound                     

On Thursday, May 18, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum will host Kara Murphy Schlichting, a noted historian of New York City’s environmental history, for an evening lecture on the history of the Long Island Sound as a place for urban recreation and leisure.

Schlichting’s lecture will draw heavily from her 2019 book New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore (University of Chicago). In New York Recentered, Schlichting turns dominant narratives about New York City’s urban expansion on their head, focusing not on Robert Moses and grand-scheme planning but on the lesser-known local businesses, developers, and government officials whose efforts profoundly shaped coastal communities throughout the metropolitan region.

Schlichting will explore how, in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s words, “the most domesticated body of salt water in the Western hemisphere” came to be dominated by public parks, beaches, and resorts for an emergent middle-class. It is a fascinating story that covers the rise of the Long Island State Parks Commission and the dissolution of the Gold Coast’s more dramatic estates.

The lecture will take place at 7:00 pm in the Museum’s Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium.

Support for the lecture series is generously provided by a grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.


Purchase Tickets


Kara Murphy Schlichting is an Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her work in late-19th and 20th-century American History sits at the intersection of urban, environmental, and political history, with a particular focus on property regimes and regional planning in greater New York City. Schlichting has published in the Journal of Urban History and the Journal of Planning History. Her book ­New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore was published in 2019 with the University of Chicago Press’s History of Urban America Series. She is a co-editor of the H-Environment Roundtable Reviews.

Curator to Lead Morning Birdwatch-Architecture Tours

On select spring dates at 8:00 am, the Vanderbilt Museum will offer an early morning Birdwatch and Architecture Tour with the Vanderbilt’s director of curatorial affairs. Participants will enjoy the unique opportunity to view the Vanderbilt estate in the early dawn hours when the grounds are still closed but the birds are active.

Schedule: March 18 | April 1, 15, 29 | May 13

Tickets are free for members and $12.00 for non-members.

Purchase Tickets


Sturdy hiking footwear is strongly suggested. Participants are asked to bring their own binoculars.

Morning birdwatches are semi-regular touring events offered during the fall and spring months, when local and migratory bird species are at their most active and visible – during the first northward wave of migration along the Atlantic flyway.

Each “birdwatch” will feature aspects of the estate’s architectural history while participants view the Vanderbilt’s resident avian species and hear their calls and songs. Some of the species observed and identified recently at the Vanderbilt include red-tailed hawks, osprey, merlin, brant, northern flickers, great-horned owls, grackle, white-breasted nuthatch, mourning doves, and more.

Summer Science Fun for Children in Grades K-5

2023 Summer Science Fun. Dates: July 10-14 or August 14-18. $200/$180 members. Jr Astronomer Workshop, Grades 3-5. Junior Explorer Workshop, Grades K-3. Click here for more information.Fascinating, fun summer learning for grades K-5! Vanderbilt Museum science educators will offer Junior Explorer and Astronomer workshops for children in two, week-long sessions in July and August. Sail the seas, dive the oceans, make unique art. Advance registration is required.

Summer Science Fun

July 10-14 or August 14-18

9 am – 12 pm

$200 non-members | $180 members

Interested in membership? Learn more here.

Become a Member


Space is limited and spots fill quickly! Advance registration is required.

For more information and to register, please contact

Junior Explorer Workshop Grades K-3

Explore the world at the Vanderbilt Museum!

Join us for a week of creative science and history workshops. We’ll sail the seas, dive the deepest oceans, soar among the tallest trees, and make unique art inspired by nature and the collections.

Registration is open for children entering Kindergarten through  3rd grade.

Register JULY Jr Explorer Workshop Register AUGUST Jr Explorer Workshop


Junior Astronomer Workshop Grades 3-5

The Reichert Planetarium presents an exciting program for young astronomers!

Junior Astronomers have the opportunity to learn about multiple astronomy topics including our solar system, how to use a telescope, and how to identify constellations they can see from their own backyard. This program focuses on hands-on learning with STEAM activities and crafts supplemented by immersive live and pre-recorded fulldome presentations in our Planetarium theater.

Registration is open for children entering 3rd through 5th grade.


Register JULY Jr Astronomer Workshop Register AUGUST Jr Astronomer Workshop


The July and August sessions of each workshop will feature the same activities.

For this reason, we recommend against registering a child for the same workshop twice.

Paved with Love: A Gift That Lasts Forever

Looking for a fresh, unique, everlasting gift for a loved one?

Purchase and engrave a brick that will become a permanent part of the Vanderbilt Museum.

Your donation will help the Vanderbilt to bring outstanding science, history, and art education to more than 25,000 students annually.

Your brick will be installed and displayed installed in your favorite brick walkway around the Vanderbilt Mansion and Terrace, or on the 43-acre grounds of the beautiful waterfront Estate.

Purchase a Brick


For more information, call Debbie Stacel at 631-854-5579, or email:

Related Posts