Vanderbilt Museum Centerport
Where is it at?
180 Little Neck Road
Tel: 631 854 5579
To get there from Rt 110 or 25A west, head north on the 110 to Huntington Valley. Turn right on 25A/Main St, and at the flashing yellow light in Centerport, bear left onto Park Circle, then left again onto Little Neck Road.
Where are we going today?
Set on 43 rolling acres, this estate is a result of one of America's great fortunes. (The owner was actually one of the richest men in the WORLD!) At The Vanderbilt Museum you can take a step back into the history of the Vanderbilt family with a tour around their Gold Coast mansion, admire the pieces collected from a life of oceanic expeditions and circumnavigations in the museum, and get lost in space in the Planetarium.
William K. Vanderbilt II was the heir to one of America's greatest fortunes. As a result, he had a pretty incredible life!
The mansion tours take you around his historic courtyard and house, as your guide explains the history of its 24 rooms, and what life would have been like. Can you imagine living in a house like this? Pretty incredible!
The rooms are filled with antique furniture, paintings, and family photos and portraits so you can really feel like you are learning about the family personally.
Ideally for those over the age of 8, the mansion tours give you a fascinating insight into the life's of one of the wealthiest men in the world.
During his life, Vanderbilt spent many a year on oceanic expeditions and unprecedented circumnavigations of the globe. In the museum, you can travel around the world with him, without having to leave New York! Specimens from hunting trips from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and Asia (and then some!) fill the rooms for you to enjoy and learn from. There is even a real 32 foot whale shark - the largest taxidermic fish in the world!
There are also artifacts that reveal the real artisanal talents of the various cultures around the world.
From the world, to another world, the Planetarium where the whole family can enjoy fun and educational programs, and you can even look into space every Friday night on the rooftop Observatory! What can you see? Can you see the craters on the moon? Or the rings of Saturn?
It's a fascinating step back in time with something for the whole family - and will easily fill your family day out with things to see and do!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsGeneral Admission $7 / Planetarium show $5
- ChildrenUnder 12: General Admission $3 / Planetarium show $5
When can we go?
Hours vary for seasons and school holidays. Doesn't open before 11am across the year, and latest sh
They offer fascinating tours for field trips, summer camps, kids programs and even outreach programs where they bring hands-on interactive exhibits to schools or community groups!.
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you check the Planetarium programs before you arrive so you can make sure you don't miss out on anything that you want to see! .
What people are saying?
by Carolyn De Melo
Beautiful, sprawling space, overlooking a large body of water with what feels like a castle. If you look closely, you can see statues hidden in the trees. The museum itself is so-so.
by Mike D
It is a nice place to walk around, but it is a bit creepy. there are still abandoned structures that are in disrepair. The county did work on the main house, but if you walk around to the other side, there are still boarded up windows.
by CM RS
Lovely mansion, great planetarium. Wonderful events throughout the year.
by Zarin Anika
This is a beautiful museum at an amazing location. It is right by the water. The staff is so friendly and the planetarium is a must see.
by A Google User
We went to the Beatles light show which was fun. The show lasts about fifity minutes. I would say age 5 up would enjoy the show, any younger will not be able to sit through this show. The planetrium as wonderful as it is seriously needs new seats and a rug. I hoped during the show not to leave with any bug bites. Beautiful grounds....wear sneakers because its alot of walking.