Welcome to the Vanderbilt

September hours- September 7th - 30th

Please note that all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear masks inside the buildings at all times.

Hours

MondayClosed
TuesdayClosed
WednesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
Friday11:00 - 5:00
Saturday11:00 - 5:00
Sunday11:00 - 5:00
Planetarium only Evening Shows: Friday-Saturday 7:30pm-11pm

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The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum is offering an intriguing calendar of events and programs for late summer and early fall. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Last daily admission tickets are sold at 4:00 pm. The Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium, which is marking its 50th anniversary, offers a full playbill...
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Admissions Pricing and Information

General Admission

General Admission includes access to the Vanderbilt Mansion (the Habitat and Stoll Wing animal dioramas and natural-history and cultural-artifact galleries in the Memorial Wing), the Marine Museum/Hall of Fishes, the Planetarium exhibits, and the grounds and gardens.

Adults – $10
Seniors – $9
Students (with ID) – $9
Children under 12 – $7
Children under 2 – FREE
Military – FREE

Purchase Tickets Here

Become a Member

Memberships are a wonderful way to support the Vanderbilt Museum. Our Members enjoy many benefits, including

  • FREE General Admission, Tours, and Planetarium Shows
  • Exclusive discounts on special and seasonal events
  • A 10% discount in our gift shop
  • A members-only email list

 

We offer several different Membership levels. For more information, please visit our member information page under Support>Become a Member.

Become a Member!

Daytime Planetarium Shows

Discover the visual wonders of the Reichert Planetarium, where our Konica Minolta Infinium star projector and full-dome video transport visitors across the universe.

Planetarium Shows can be added to a General Admission ticket for $6 or reserved online.

 View our full show schedule HERE for more detailed information about our current programs or to reserve your tickets. Please plan to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to your show to ensure you are able to enter the theater on time.

Show Schedule and Tickets

Mansion Tour

Guided tours of the Living Quarters of the Vanderbilt Mansion transport visitors back in time to the life of William K. Vanderbilt II, showing off his lavish bedrooms, bathrooms, extensive collections, and more, preserved as they appeared when he and his family lived here in the 1920s-40s.

Mansion Tours can be added to a General Admission ticket for $6. Due to limited availability, tours are only available for purchase at the admissions booth. Our capacity is limited to 10 visitors per tour.

Wednesday-Saturday Mansion Tour Schedule
11:30 am
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm

Sunday Public Mansion Tour Schedule
11:30 am
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm

Each tour lasts 45 minutes.

If you are interested in a private tour, please contact Carol at carol@vanderbiltmuseum.org for more information.

More Information

Evening Planetarium Shows

In the evening, the Reichert Planetarium offers shows more suitable for family and adult audiences, including live tours of the sky and laser-light shows set to classic rock and popular music.

We offer evening planetarium shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm. Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes. View our full show schedule HERE for more detailed information about our current programs or to reserve your tickets.

Educational Shows (8pm and 9pm):
Adults – $10
Students with ID and Seniors – $9
Children under 12 – $8
Children under 2 – FREE

Laser Shows (10pm):
Adults – $17
Students with ID and Seniors – $15
Children under 12 – $14
Children under 2 – FREE

Show Schedule and Tickets

Estate Walk and Talk Tours

Guided tours of the exterior of the Vanderbilt Mansion cover the unique architecture, collections, Vanderbilt family history, and Eagle’s Nest estate.

Estate Walk and Talk Tours can be added on to a General Admission ticket for $6. Tours are only available for purchase at the admissions booth. Our capacity is limited to 10 visitors per tour.

Friday-Sunday Estate Walk and Talk Tour Schedule
12:00 pm
1:00 pm

Discounts and Promotions

Bank of America Weekend

 1 free General Admission ticket for each Bank of America Cardholder presenting a Bank of America card on the first full weekend of every month (Sat-Sun).

Northwell Health Discount

Northwell Health: Northwell Health Employees receive 20% off all of our regular Admissions, Planetarium, and Mansion tickets.

Museum Association Discounts

NARM: North American Reciprocal Museum cardholders receive 2 adult General Admissions with their card.

AAM: American Alliance of Museums cardholders receive 2 adult General Admissions with their card.

Library Membership

The Library Membership covers free General Admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children.

Planetarium tickets can be purchased for an additional $6 per person at admissions.

Mansion Tours can be purchased for an additional $6 per person at admissions.

Both Planetarium Show and Mansion Tour addons are subject to availability. We cannot make reservations for shows and tours with the Library Pass in advance at this time. 

Become a Member

Memberships are a wonderful way to support the Vanderbilt Museum. Our Members enjoy many benefits, including

  • FREE General Admission, Tours, and Planetarium Shows
  • Exclusive discounts on special and seasonal events
  • A 10% discount in our gift shop
  • A members-only email list

 

We offer several different Membership levels. For more information, please visit our member information page under Support>Become a Member.

Become a Member!

Military Discount

Military: Both active duty and veteran members of the military receive free General Admission. Active duty patrons can also bring up to 5 guests for free General Admission.

Our Story

About Us

William K. Vanderbilt II (1878-1944), the great-grandson of railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, purchased acres of waterfront property in Centerport in 1910 and began to build his summer home. The beautiful Spanish-Revival style Mansion has two unique aspects we invite our guests to explore.

First, the Natural History exhibits, which feature specimens Mr. Vanderbilt collected on his travels. The Natural History wings of the Mansion are open to all guests with the purchase of a General Admission pass, and feature specimens from the Galápagos Islands, Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. Visitors can see the 32-foot whale shark, the largest example of fish taxidermy in the world, that was caught in 1935 off Fire Island – as well as many wild-animal dioramas and ethnographic collections that display artifacts from Asian, African, and Pacific cultures. The Hall of Fishes marine museum, which was the first stage of the museum complex, was built when the Vanderbilts lived here. It features many additional aquatic specimens and is also included with General Admission.

The second feature of the Mansion is the family’s private living quarters. These wings are preserved exactly as they were when Mr. Vanderbilt and his family lived here so that guests can see how wealthy Gold Coast families lived during the Jazz Age. Because of the effort that has gone into conserving this experience for our guests to enjoy, the family living space can be accessed only through a guided tour. A trained docent will lead you through the Museum and explain the historical significance of each space. Our docents are well informed and offer guests insights and surprises about the lives of the original owners of the home.

For an additional fee, guests can add a Planetarium show that will allow them to explore the stars with our talented professional astronomers. Built on the former site of Mr. Vanderbilt’s tennis courts, the Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium opened in 1971. After extensive renovations in 2013, the facility now boasts one of the most advanced star projection systems in the world. Guests can enjoy interactive journeys to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, or take a quick jaunt through the stars above our own backyard.

The Vanderbilt Estate’s 43 acres of waterfront property includes Mr. Vanderbilt’s reclaimed one-mile Nature Trail, slated to open in Summer 2021. The trail offers stunning views of the water from the Vanderbilt gardens as well as from the Boat House and the vast expanse of beautiful green lawn that once was Mr. Vanderbilt’s golf course. Guests are invited to picnic on the property with General Admission, and we offer many different opportunities to privately book these beautiful spaces for weddings, photography sessions, film shoots, special events, birthdays, and corporate events.

Plan Your Event With Us

Weddings - Birthday Parties - Corporate Events

Weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events (631) 854-5521 – Sarah – sarah@vanderbiltmuseum.org

 

Please note that we are fully booked for wedding receptions until 2023. We can accommodate ceremonies. Please contact us for more information.

Professional Photography - Private Mansion Tours

Photo shoots and private/group tours: (631) 854-5568 – Carol – carol@vanderbiltmuseum.org

Celebrate your love for the museum