Planning a School Visit


Call (631) 854-5539 to schedule a program. When you make your reservation, please mention any special needs your group may have.

One hour Museum Programs: 10:00, 11:15 and 12:45
Two-hour Museum Programs: 10:00 and 12:15

Program Fees
1 hour Museum Program – $8.00 per person
2 hour Museum Program – $12.00 per person
One complimentary ticket will be issued per 25 paid admissions.

A written confirmation will be sent with pre-visit materials. Please distribute these to all teachers attending the program(s).

A $75.00 deposit is due 30 days after booking you trip to secure the reservation. The balance is required 30 days prior to your visit or the reservation will be canceled.

Cancellations:  The deposit will be refunded if the trip if canceled 90 days prior to the trip date.

Arrival Time: Plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the program. Our programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be seated.

Lunch: Only outdoor picnic tables are available. Students should bring a bag lunch.

Parents Accompanying Groups: We request that no more than one adult accompany every ten students. Siblings cannot be accommodated.

Accessibility: The Planetarium is fully handicap accessible. The Museum is not accessible to wheelchairs. Please inform us in advance if your group has special needs.

Weather & Shoes: Visitors will be walking outside. Due to the distance between buildings, they must be appropriately dressed. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Important Rules: Visitors must respect the historic nature of the Museum as well as the right of other visitors to enjoy the Museum and Planetarium undisturbed. Food and beverages are NOT allowed in any of the buildings at the Museum or Planetarium. Cameras are NOT allowed in the Planetarium theater. 

Museum Closings: The Museum and Planetarium will be closed if the Harborfields School District closes due to inclement weather. Please listen to local radio stations for closings. In the event of a delayed opening in Harborfields, please call 854-5539 to see if the Museum is open.

Customized Programs
The Vanderbilt Museum is able to draw upon a wide range of expertise. Programs beyond those listed may be available by special arrangement. These can be customized to suit the needs of particular classes or groups. We have been especially successful in developing programs for both gifted students and those with special needs.

Many of our school programs can be adapted for students who are unable to visit the Museum. The Vanderbilt Museum staff can send a representative to your school to provide a program for one or two classes at a time.

For a print version of the Education brochure, write to

Contact the Education Department

Education Contact Form
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