The Vanderbilt Museum will welcome veterans and active-duty service members and their families as guests and give them complimentary admission on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by Northwell Health.
The Veterans Day weekend includes free admission and access to the Estate grounds, Museum and all exhibits, and Planetarium shows. (Veterans’ proof of military service, or active-duty military ID required for complimentary guest admission.)
Guided mansion tours have limited capacity and at times may be sold out.
Mansion tours will highlight Vanderbilt family participation in military history from the War of 1812 through World War II. William K. Vanderbilt II, an accomplished sailor and yachtsman served during World War I as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the horrific destruction of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought the support of Mr. Vanderbilt to help defend our nation. Mr. Vanderbilt gave his 264-foot yacht, Alva, to the Navy, which converted it to a gunboat, the USS Plymouth. In 1941, the U.S. government had purchased Mr. Vanderbilt’s Sikorsky amphibious plane for wartime duty. The Plymouth was sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat on August 4, 1943. Before the war, his prized yacht, Alva, was often moored near the mansion, in Northport Harbor.