Featured Events

Program for Adults

Watercolor in the Hall of Fishes

September 14, 21, and 28
10 am – 12 pm
$10/ $18 Members

A museum educator will discuss William Vanderbilt’s expeditions, his contributions in marine science, and the work of William Belanske.  Participants will sketch and paint from the collection.

Call (631) 854-5539 to reserve a space.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra

The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum Annual Fundraising Event

Friday, September 17

7:00 to 10:00 pm

Celebrate cultural diversity with music, the world’s universal language. This will be the 14th summer the celebrated orchestra will perform at the Vanderbilt (weather permitting).

Join us in the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard.

Gates open at 6:00. Bring a picnic cooler.

Tickets: $65. Tickets are limited. Early purchase highly recommended. Assigned table locations will only be accepted only for tables of 10 and must be made with a single credit card.

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The Vanderbilt Museum Presents

Raptor Day

A one of a kind event featuring live rescued raptors exhibit with Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Owls, Hawks, and more! Get an up close and personal look at Mother Nature’s gifts that can no longer be released into the wild.

– An amazing eagle art gallery and secret auction

– Craft beer Via Oyster Bay Brewery

– Raptor Face Painting / New York State DEC

– A special movie created of The Bald Eagles of Centerport

– Gorilla Conservation Coffee / Kid’s Arts and crafts table

– Flags Made by Veterans from Recycled Plastic Bottles

An amazing Educational Day Rain or Shine (tented)

Non-members: $20.00 Members: $10 / Kids Free with general admission ($7)

3 Sessions available 11-1 pm / 1- 3 pm / 3-5 pm

Fun for the Entire Family – BRING YOUR CAMERAS!

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Fridays and Wednesdays at 8PM
Sundays at 7 PM
General Ticket: $20.00
Senior/Children: $15.0

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Suffolk county movie night poster

Suffolk County Community Movie Night - BACK TO THE FUTURE



Entrance to the community movie nights begins at 6 p.m, and movies will start at sunset. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, beverages, and snacks. Seating is available on a first-come basis.

The county has partnered with the Reclaim Our Water initiative, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center, and the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium to present the movie series.

For more information and to sign up for tickets, residents can visit here.


Psychic Grace Grella in the Reichert Planetarium

September 30th, 2021

Spend an evening at the Reichert Planetarium with Grace Grella, nationally acclaimed psychic and host of The Grace Grella Show on NSTV. From 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

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Rain or Shine! BYO Chair 
7 PM – 10 PM 
Members $35 | Non-Members $40

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JOYRIDE is the collaboration of 7 accomplished musicians from diverse musical backgrounds with one common goal: to recreate the experience of a Dave Matthews Band live show, complete with a violin and horn section. If you’ve ever seen DMB live, you know it is a musical journey filled with tight musicianship, extended jams, and fun! JOYRIDE is the next best thing to actually being there, playing all the hits that the casual DMB listener will be familiar with, as well as the deep tracks that hardcore fans know and love.

Originating in New Jersey, JOYRIDE quickly gained a reputation for their energetic shows and became a sought-after act by venues still able to provide live music. Fans are amazed by how faithfully JOYRIDE reproduces both the music and live experienced of DMB.

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Preschool Workshop: Children Ages 3 & 4 with an Adult

Raptors & Recycled Art

October 1 & 8
10 am – 12 pm
$20/$18 Members

Advance registration is required.

Call (631) 854-5539 to reserve a space.

We’ll visit the bird room, dissect an owl pellet, and make art out of egg cartons.

Family Workshop

Museum Together

October 11, 2021
10 am – 12 pm
$20/$18 Members

Advance registration is required.

Call (631) 854-5539 to reserve a space.

Learn about William Vanderbilt’s collections, artist William Belanske,
examine teeth, shells, and corals, and create together.

Family Event

A Morning for Families

October 16, 2021
9 am – 11 am
FREE Admission

Advance registration is required.

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Spend the morning exploring the collections, grounds, gardens, architecture, and the Reichert Planetarium’s “Open Sky”.  Activities include a preserved specimen touch table and crafts.

For more information: 
Beth Laxer-Limmer at

Long Island Maritime History Lecture Series

Fire and Ice: The Loss of the Steamship Lexington

Brian E. O’Connor, Retired Attorney and Author 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 7:00 pm 

For 40 years, Mr. O’Connor handled complex commercial litigation as a partner with a Wall Street law firm. He will tell the story of the Steamship Lexington – built by Commodore Vanderbilt in 1835, for service on Long Island Sound – and its tragic fire, sinking, and loss of life on January 13, 1840. The tragedy had profound legal significance, prompting Congress to enact the Shipowners’ Limitation of Liability Act in 1851, which overruled an earlier Supreme Court decision and held the Lexington’s new owner liable for the loss of cargo on board when she sank. The Lexington’s loss was also a catalyst for Congressional legislation to regulate steamboat safety. 

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Estate Walk & Talk

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
12 pm & 1 pm

Tickets include general admission.
Members are FREE
$16 adults
$15 seniors/students
$13 children under 12

Join a museum educator for a walking tour to hear about William Vanderbilt’s family, travels, and the history of the estate’s unique architecture and collections.

Tickets only available for purchase at the gate.


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