Thrills and Wonders Await You in the New Vanderbilt Reichert Planetarium

The Planetarium’s William and Mollie Rogers Theater offers all-new programs for visitors of all ages. Before visiting, click the links below and check out the coming attractions. Then, stop by for a show, and fasten your seat belts for an amazing ride through space!
Purchase Evening Planetarium Tickets

Each visitor can purchase tickets for two different Planetarium shows (evening only) and receive $2 off the price of the ticket for the second show.

2-Show Evening Discount

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General Admission only:

  • Adult: $8
  • Senior/Student (Student ID or age 62+): $7
  • Child (age 12 and under): $5
  • Children under age 2 and under: FREE (Let us know if you have a child that qualifies)

General Admission includes:

  • Estate Grounds
  • Marine Museum Galleries
  • Mansion Memorial Wing Galleries Nursery Wing:
  • Mansion Video Tour – upon request
  • Egyptian Mummy
  • Stoll Wing
  • Habitat Dioramas

Want to see a Planetarium Show or a Mansion Tour?

Everything general admission includes, plus a planetarium show or a mansion tour

  • Adult: $14
  • Senior/Student (Student ID or age 62+): $13
  • Child (age 12 and under): $11
  • Children age 2 and under: FREE (Let us know if you have a child that qualifies)

Want to see everything the Vanderbilt has to offer?

Everything general admission includes, plus planetarium show and a mansion tour

  • Adult: $20
  • Senior/Student (Student ID or age 62+): $19
  • Child (age 12 and under): $17
  • Children under 2: FREE (Let us know if you have a child that qualifies)

*add $5 if seeing an additional planetarium show, per person, per show $1 savings

Planetarium Evening Prices

  • Planetarium Adult: $10
  • Planetarium Senior/Student (Student ID or age 62+): $9
  • Planetarium Children 12 and under: $8
  • Planetarium Children 2 and under: FREE (Let us know if you have a child that qualifies
  • Save $2 off the price off the second ticket when seeing two different planetarium shows

June 26 – September 2, 2018

DAYTIME SHOWS

Tuesday through Sunday Afternoons

12:00 Noon: One World, One Sky (Young children)

Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discover they see the same stars at night.

1:00 pm: Earth, Moon, and Sun (Families)

Explore the relationships among the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions, who has many misconceptions about Earth and its most familiar neighbors. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

2:00 pm: Sunstruck! (Adults and Families)

Travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the sun. Learn about the sun’s parts and layers, space weather and its impact on the Earth and how its energy will one day fade away. This informative show is based upon several NASA funded missions.

3:00 pm: Stars: Powerhouse of the Universe (For all ages)

Journey to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of Stars. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe.

4:00 pm: Dynamic Earth (Families) 

Explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. Audiences ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

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EVENING SHOWS

Evening tickets may be purchased here:

Purchase Evening Planetarium Tickets

Friday Nights

8:00 pm:  Long Island Skies (Adults and families)

This live presentation developed by Planetarium staff uses the star projector to its fullest capabilities. The program introduces the brilliant night sky seen on Long Island from everyone’s backyard, including seasonal constellations, stars and deep-sky objects. Afterward and weather permitting, the Observatory will open for visitors to view the night sky through the 16-inch Meade telescope.

9:00 pm: Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown (Adults & Children ages 10 and older)

This program presents the latest information about the extreme world of black holes. Witness what would happen if you got too close to one and see how a black hole can warp time and space.

10:00 pm: Laser Led Zeppelin (For all ages) NEW!

Enjoy the memorable music of Led Zeppelin combined with unique laser-generated imagery for an immersive visual experience. Playlist: The Song Remains the Same; Over the Hills and Far Away; Good Times, Bad Times; Immigrant Song; No Quarter; Black Dog; Livin’, Lovin’ Maid; Kashmir; Stairway to Heaven; Whole Lotta Love; Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Saturday Nights

7:00 pm: Laser Beyoncé (For all ages) – NEW!

Beyoncé, one of the most awarded and best-selling artists of all time, is acclaimed for her thrilling vocals, videos and live shows. Laser Beyoncé captures the fun and energy of her concerts in beautiful laser light imagery.

8:00 pm: Night Sky, Live! (For all ages)

This live-lecture “traditional” planetarium program highlights seasonal constellations, stars and year-round celestial events using the Planetarium’s Starball to show the audience what the Long Island night sky above them will look like on the very day they visit.

9:00 pm:  Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown (Adults & Children ages 10 and older)

Take an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe back to our own planet. Learn how the incredible engineering and technology that transport us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What is happening above is coming back down to Earth!

10:00 pm: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (Adults) NEW!

This show, based on the 1973 album of that name, is the band’s most commercially successful work, and has sold more than 50 million copies. The musicians used psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds to explore humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy.

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