Tours of William Vanderbilt’s Eagle’s Nest Mansion
● Guided Mansion tours are at 11:45 am (Saturdays only),12:30 pm, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 3:30 (Saturdays) and 4:00 pm (except Saturdays) during days of operation. Tour space is limited, and tours may sell out. Hours and Admissions
● Visitors pay $6 per person for weekday Mansion tour and $8 per person for weekend Living History tour of Mansion in addition to general admission ($7 for adults, $6 for students with IDs and seniors 62 and older, and $3 for children 12 and under)
● Tours are not recommended for children under age 8
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the Museum offers its popular Living History tours. Staff members portray household servants and members of the Vanderbilt family during the 1930s.
The tour of William K. Vanderbilt II’s 24-room, Spanish-Revival mansion begins in the Courtyard, where the guide describes the history of the Eagle’s Nest estate, its construction (1910-1936) and architectural details. The Mansion and Estate are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Inside the Mansion, the guide introduces visitors to the history of the Vanderbilt family and takes them through their living quarters and the servants’ wing.
The family and guest rooms are filled with, antique furnishings, fine and decorative art, family photos and portraits. As in the PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey, the modest furnishings in the servant’s wing contrast with the luxurious style of the Vanderbilts’ upstairs living quarters. The serving kitchen in the servants’ wing is stocked with vintage kitchenware and supplies from the 1920s through the 1940s. Near the kitchen is the family dining room and its centuries-old furnishings from a Spanish monastery, and a long table set with fine china, crystal and dinnerware.
During the tour the visitors learn about the privileged life on Long Island’s Gold Coast from the Jazz Age through the end of the Second World War. Guides tell visitors what the world was like in that era for the family and staff at the Vanderbilts’ Eagle’s Nest Estate.
Mansion tours are scheduled throughout the day and can be up to an hour in length, depending on group size.