Vanderbilt Museum Opens for Spring!

Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard
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Private Mansion Tours

Visitors now may make reservations for private guided group tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion on Saturdays or Sundays for up to eight people.

A ticket for a daytime or nighttime tour is $150 total for an eight-person group; member group price is $125.

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Public guided Mansion tours will begin on Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30.

The Hall of Fishes

New: Exhibit Tours

Beginning May 1, the Vanderbilt Museum will offer private tours of its historic exhibits – the Hall of Fishes marine museum (at right), the Habitat and Stoll Wing animal dioramas, and the Memorial Wing collections galleries.

Guides will talk about how William Vanderbilt amassed the largest collection of pre-atomic-era marine specimens in the world. Visitors will learn fascinating facts about his thousands of specimens and artifacts.

Tours can be reserved on Saturdays or Sundays for up to eight people. A ticket for a daytime or nighttime tour is $150 total for an eight-person group; member group price is $125.

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Speaking about the private mansion and exhibit tours, Killian Taylor, archive and records manager, said, “With its grand architecture and storied history, Eagles Nest is one of the unique and fascinating historic places on Long Island. Here visitors can see the Vanderbilt family’s grand Spanish Revival home, carefully preserved to its elegant 1930s appearance, and Mr. Vanderbilt’s sprawling natural history museum with creatures and artifacts from all over the world!

“Whether you are looking to experience the glamour of the Jazz Age or be swept away with scientific exploration, there is always something new and wonderful to discover at the Vanderbilt Museum.”

Vanderbilt Mini-Golf Course

Come Play Mini-Golf

The Museum’s popular mini-golf course welcomes players through May 16.

Sponsored by Teachers Federal Credit Union

The mini-golf event is named the Vanderbilt Museum Golf Classic, in honor of William Vanderbilt’s original estate golf course. The course is open through the weekend of May 15-16 during the daytime on Saturday and Sunday and in the early evening, Friday and Saturday, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for Sunset Picnic & Putt.

Picnic & Putt individual tickets: members $12, non-members $15,
single group ticket for up to 6 people for $45.

Daytime: Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets: family group pass, $45 (includes complimentary grounds passes) up to 6 guests per pass.

Private rental opportunities are available during the day or at night for corporate groups, two-hour children’s birthday parties, or groups of friends.

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Alva Belmont: Socialite to Suffragist

Alva Belmont, the mother of William K. Vanderbilt II, was a pioneer in the movement to secure voting rights for women. This summer the Museum will open its first changing exhibition on her and her work, in the Lancaster Room.

Belmont, along with suffragist leader Alice Paul, created the National Woman’s Party in 1913 to fight for women’s suffrage: the right of women by law to vote in national or local elections. An unexpected advocate and the party’s primary benefactor, Belmont was elected its president in 1921.

Belmont’s involvement and financial support helped lead to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. The amendment put women on an equal basis with men. She died in Paris in 1933.

Warped Tour Band

The Warped Tour Band, which performed at the Vanderbilt in late 2019, will appear on Friday, May 21, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Bring your own chair for seating on the lawn of the Hall of Fishes marine museum. The band specializes in popular pop-punk and emo songs from the late ‘90s to now.

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Coming Up…


Sundays, 12:00 – 4:00 on the dates listed below. Visitors pay only general Museum admission (adults $10, students/seniors [62-plus] $9, children 12 and under $7)

May 16: Metro New York Porsche Club of America

June 27: The Long Island Corvette Owners Association

Sept 12: Jaguar Drivers Club of Long Island, (rain date: Sept 19)

October 10: Cadillac-LaSalle Club of the Long Island Region


Tickets for all shows: $30, members $25, non-members $30. Seating on the lawn of the Hall of Fishes marine museum.

May 21: Warped Tour Band, 7:00 – 10:00

June 30: Us & Floyd, 5:30 – 9:30

July 17: Joyride, 7:00 – 10:00

July 23: Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra, 5:00 – 10:00

August 13: Warped Tour Band, 7:00 – 1 0:00

September 17: Us & Floyd, 5:30 – 10:00


Presented by Carriage House Players

Tickets: $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children. Performances in the Mansion Courtyard: Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 7:00 pm. Bring your own chair.

June 4 and 6: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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July 9 – August 1: As You Like It

August 8 – August 29: Titus Andronicus

(excluding 8/27)

September 5 – 26: Richard III

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