A: General Admission is what allows you on the grounds. Along with this you also can go into the Museum exhibits wings attached to the Mansion, including the Habitat and Stoll Wing wild-animal dioramas, as well as the Marine Museum. This does not include a planetarium show or a mansion tour.
A: Only at night when the grounds are closed. During the day, the price of general admission is built into the price for a Planetarium show or a Mansion tour. Our nighttime prices are different than the daytime.
A: The running time for shows varies. On the average, shows run about 45 minutes. However, One World, One Sky, is approximately 30 minutes, and Long Island Skies about 60 minutes.
A: Yes, you can preview some of the shows on our website here, where you also can check out the show schedule.
A: Different shows are offered every hour. Shows also change by season.
A: No. At night, you are not required to pay for general admission, as the Museum and Estate grounds are closed. Evening Planetarium show tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (62 and older) and students with ID, and $8 for children. Children under 2 are free.
A: It’s a guided tour that takes you through the living quarters of the Mansion, which you cannot see without a tour. Guides provide historical information about the house, the Vanderbilt family and its famous guests. On a tour you will see Mr. Vanderbilt’s considerable collection of fine and decorative art, and antique furnishings, purchased during his travels around the world.
A: Tours are available on a first-come first-served basis, therefore we recommend that you arrive as early as possible to be included in a tour since they do sell out quickly.
A: Self-guided tours are not allowed, because the Vanderbilt Mansion is a “living” museum of one prominent family’s life in their grand house, with fragile and priceless artifacts displayed in the open – as if the family still lives there – and not in exhibition cases.
A: The maximum number of people per Mansion tour is 20. Guided tours with small numbers of guests are one way the Museum ensures the safety of artifacts and furnishings and makes sure you have a positive, enjoyable experience.
A: The average tour lasts about 45 minutes. However, depending on the discussions that take place, a tour can take up to an hour.
A: Based upon our experience, we recommend tours for children 8 and older.
A: Indoor photography is prohibited in the Mansion and in all exhibit galleries. Outdoor photography is, however, permitted.
A: It’s open year-round on Friday nights, depending on cloud cover and weather conditions. In inclement weather, however, the observatory is closed.
A: We are able to provide transportation from building to building. The only parts of the Museum that are handicapped-accessible are the first floor of the Memorial Wing (natural-history and cultural artifact galleries) and the mummy room on the first floor of the Nursery Wing. A videotape of the Mansion tour is available on request for anyone who cannot access the house.
A: Not yet. But plans are underway to create a café in the Planetarium lobby.
A: See “Benefits” details below next question.
A: Annual membership offers many benefits, and you can apply online (vanderbiltmuseum.org) or at the Admission desk in the Planetarium lobby
Benefits include, but are not limited to:
At the Associate Member level and higher, you get general membership benefits for two adults and four children under the age of 18, plus free admission to the Vanderbilt, and North American Reciprocal Museum privileges: free admission and discounts at more than 800 participating museums worldwide.
A: The Blue Star program gives year-round free admission to active military service members (with ID) and up to five family members, and includes a guided Mansion tour. (Planetarium show tickets are extra.)
A: We do have group rates. If you would like to organize a group tour, please call our event coordinator, in advance: Carol Sperandeo at 631-854-5568, or e-mail her: firstname.lastname@example.org
A: Event coordinator Sarah Beutel 631-854-5521 to make an appointment to view the site, or e-mail her: email@example.com
Only service dogs are allowed on the grounds.