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Vanderbilt Museum

180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport, NY 11721-1145
+1 631-854-5579
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The Vanderbilt Museum is located on the 43-acre waterfront estate of William K. Vanderbilt II, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. His “Eagle’s Nest” mansion is itself a museum that preserves a privileged way of life from America’s Jazz Age through the Great Depression, made possible by the family’s railroad fortune. In ocean-going yachts, Vanderbilt circumnavigated the globe in the 1920s and 1930s. He brought back thousands of marine, animal, insect and bird specimens and cultural artifacts that form a second museum of notable cultural, educational and historic value. The state-of-the-art Reichert Planetarium, with its 60-foot dome and theater, is the largest astronomical facility on Long Island. Throughout the year, the Museum offers intriguing programs for all ages, which are based on the animal habitats, large marine and natural-history collections, the mansion and Vanderbilt family history, and include extraordinary celestial shows on the planetarium dome.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“house tour” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
180 Little Neck Rd, Centerport, NY 11721-1145
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+1 631-854-5579
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

ended up going into the house off the field and seems like a little museum with different artifacts and pictures of the Vanderbilt family. the grounds are amazing with excellent views of the Long Island Sound. Parking is on site but overfill is down the...More

Thank LIICETEA
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

We went to the Planetarium today (6/9) for a birthday party. The last time I went was 1989 for a school field trip. Great party. The show that was featured was about the stars. It was narrated by Mark Hamill. Great visuals and story telling....More

Thank sushiguy79
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

I proposed to my girlfriend on Saturday at the Vanderbilt museum and it was absolutely incredible. I rented out the planetarium for an hour and the staff facilitated the perfect proposal by playing a video montage on the planetarium ceiling. From the first inquiry to...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We stayed overnight in Oheka and then toured both Oheka and Vanderbilt. It was a great opportunity to enjoy a slice of life on Long Island's Gold Coast. The planetarium show was boring for an adult. Kids would fine it entertaining. The tour was outstanding....More

Thank JSJNY
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Most of the Vanderbilt houses tend to be gaudy, but this one was actually tastefully put together and on a gorgeous location on the sound. Very enjoyable tour, though we had to leave early to make our planetarium show. I am recovering from a broken...More

Thank LMFMarlboro
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We haven’t been to the planetarium since we were young, it brought back memories. However it looks smaller now that I am older. We watched the night skies live. However the narrator was boring! Overall it’s a nice place to go on a date!

Thank Mecca S
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

The house tour was led by a fun and informative guide- the house and furnishings are absolutely beautiful! The tour is most definitely worth it and allows you to see rooms you otherwise could not visit.

Thank Reesie A
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

Definitely take the mansion tour. Mansion staff is wonderful and helpful. There is alot to see if you like architecture, antiques, nature museums, ships or American history. There is something for everyone! The house is opulent and you can learn so much about it and...More

Thank barry m
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

We went to a night time tour event for the holidays. The tour of the mansion went smoothly, with different guides for about every two rooms. Everything was decorated for the holidays, there were cookies and hot chocolate. I would definitely go back in the...More

Thank allie d
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

This historical property on the Northport Bay is spectacular. The tour guide at the mansion was quite pleasant and knowledgeable about the Vanderbilt family and the design and decor of the mansion. There are different exhibits to stroll through in the Museum. A visit to...More

Thank P B
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Jhonny J
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Response from James Z | Reviewed this property |
Usually the shows last about an hour....for time schedules, I would recommend that you visit their website..{.I installed the website link but posting guidelines prevent me from doing so when I clicked answer } ...once you... More
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Murano89
17 March 2018|
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Response from Mecca S | Reviewed this property |
No u can’t but I would ask there are exceptions
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Colleen H
5 August 2016|
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Response from Michael G | Reviewed this property |
About 45 minutes- 1 hour. But you can tour the grounds at you leisure. And there is a planetarium and a small natural history museum also.
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