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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November 24 – January 2

DAYTIME SHOWS

Saturday & Sunday Afternoons and December 26-29 

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: Season of Light (Families)

Created by Loch Ness Productions, this show explains the astronomy of the winter skies, and explores the historic, religious and cultural celebrations of the holiday season – including Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.

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: Laser Holidays: Musical laser light show 

This festive program features a mix of everyone’s favorite holiday music, from the classical to the modern, all set to fantastic laser light and digital artwork.   Songs range from “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by Tchaikovsky and “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby, to “Winter Wonderland” with the Eurythmics and “Christmastime” with Smashing Pumpkins.

Tuesday Afternoons

2:00 pm: Season of Light (Families)

Created by Loch Ness Productions, this show explains the astronomy of the winter skies, and explores the historic, religious and cultural celebrations of the holiday season – including Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.

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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: Pink Floyd: The Wall Laser light show (Adults)

This show, based on the 1979 album of that name, is the tale of the rock star named Pink Floyd and his downward spiral into madness.  This gripping and spellbinding musical journey is beautiful, haunting, powerful, and thought-provoking.

Saturday Nights

8:00 pm: Season of Light (Families)

Created by Loch Ness Productions, this show explains the astronomy of the winter skies, and explores the historic, religious and cultural celebrations of the holiday season – including Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.

9:00 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.

10:00 pm: Pink Floyd: The Wall Laser light show (Adults)

This show, based on the 1979 album of that name, is the tale of the rock star named Pink Floyd and his downward spiral into madness.  This gripping and spellbinding musical journey is beautiful, haunting, powerful, and thought-provoking.

LIVE MUSIC in the PLANETARIUM!

Sunday, December 10

The Liverpool Shuffle plays early Beatles hits and selections from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Details and Tickets

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New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

General Admission only?

  • Adult: $7
  • Child (12 and under): $3
  • Senior/Student (Student ID or age 62+): $6
  • Children under 2: FREE (Let us know if you have a child that qualifies)

Want to see a Planetarium Show or a Mansion Tour?

Everything general admission includes, plus a show or a tour

  • Adult: $13
  • Child (12 and under): $12
  • Senior/Student (Student ID or age 62+): $9
  • Children under 2: 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 and show and a tour

  • Adult: $19
  • Child (12 and under): $18
  • Senior/Student (Student ID or age 62+): $15
  • Children under 2: FREE (Let us know if you have a child that qualifies)

*add $6 if seeing an additional planetarium show, per person, per show

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

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

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