Twilight Tours of the Decorated Mansion, Winter Workshops for Children

During December, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum is offering guided tours of the elegantly decorated Vanderbilt Mansion and creative workshops for children.

Vanderbilt Mansion Organ Room
Vanderbilt Museum photo

The grand 24-room, Spanish Revival house, one of the last of Long Island’s Gold Coast mansions, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each year, local designers and garden clubs deck the mansion rooms and halls.

The decorators create magic in the rooms with lighted trees, ornaments, wreaths, ribbons, poinsettias, garlands, toys, and elegantly wrapped faux gifts. Visitors can see the captivating results from now through December 30.

Guides take guests on tours of the Mansion on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday (and Wednesday-Sunday, December 26-30 during school vacation) at regular intervals between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at the door: general admission – adults, $8; seniors/students (age 62-plus, or student ID), $7; children age 12 and under, $5 – plus $6 per person for a guided tour.

Special Twilight Tours of the Mansion will be given on Thursday and Friday, December 27 and 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets. Admission: $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors (student ID, or age 62 plus) and $5 for children 12 and under.

Children show the Winter Solstice lanterns they made in a Vanderbilt workshop
Vanderbilt Museum photo

The Museum and Planetarium are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Monday-Tuesday, December 24-25; and on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Monday-Tuesday, December 31 and January 1.

This event is a treat for visitors, and the only time of the year the Vanderbilt family’s private living quarters can be seen at night. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Workshops for Pre-K through Grade 3

There’s still time to register your Pre-K through 3rd Grade children for workshops on December 26, 27 and 28, where they can learn, create and have fun.

Sponsored by Northwell Health, the workshops are offered by the Education Department at the Vanderbilt Learning Center, located on the Museum grounds at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, N.Y.

Northwell HealthAll workshops are from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fee: $20 / $18 members. Advanced registration is required. To register, or get more information, please call 631-854-5539.

Grades K-3
December 26
The Winter Solstice and Glowing Lantern
Visit the decorated Vanderbilt Mansion, observe the sun with a solar telescope, learn about the winter solstice, and make a working lantern.

December 27
Animals at Night and Moonlight Diorama
Learn how animals adapt to less light, observe the sun with a solar telescope, and create a nocturnal diorama.

Preschool with Adult
December 28
Starry Night Snow Globe
Explore the wildlife dioramas, learn how animals adapt to less light, and make a snow globe.

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