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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.

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Kids summer workshop


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

Cost per Person:

  • 1 hour Museum Program – $8.00
  • 2 hour Museum Program – $12.00
  • One complimentary ticket will be issued for every 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.


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. Handicap Access: 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. Rules & Regulations: Appropriate behavior is required of all visitors. They must respect the historic nature of the Museum as well as the right of other visitors to enjoy the Museum and Planetarium undisturbed. We reserve the right to remove without refund any person or class whose behavior is irresponsible. No food or beverages are allowed in any of the buildings at the Museum or Planetarium. No cameras are allowed in the Planetarium theater. No photography is permitted inside the Museum. 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. Please call Beth Laxer-Limmer, Education Coordinator, at 854-5552 to inquire about possibilities.


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

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Education Contact Form

Upcoming Events

Oct 03

A Morning for Families

October 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 27

Psychic, Grace Grella, in the Reichert Planetarium

May 27, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Celebrate your love for the museum