Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 140 reviews on the web
A unique combination of mansion, marine and natural history museum, planetarium and park, the SCVM&P is dedicated to the education and enjoyment of the people of Long Island and beyond.
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  • They have theater productions of Shakespear in the evenings under the stars in a courtyard. It is very romantic to see those great works done in such a classic setting. 
  • The view here is very soothing. The house is quite a disappointment, but that is all the more reason to go to see how the wealthy spent their money back in the late 19th/early 20th century. Not what w...  read more »
  • If you are in the area, this is a great place to visit! The Vanderbilts had a unique lifestyle, due to their incredible wealth, and the descendant who built this home was "livin' it large!" The tour g...  read more »
  • I went there with my daughter and was disappointed that the beachfront wasn't open. Although I don't know how long it's been closed, from the appearance of the signs announcing the closure my guess is that it's been closed for a very long time. Nevertheless, the planetarium show was interesting and the seats were very comfortable. I highly recommend the mansion tour as well. We had a picnic on the grounds (other than a couple of vending machines there's no place to get food on the premises), and it was lovely. It's my understanding that there are also Shakespeare plays acted out in the courtyard and that's definitely on my to do list.
  • Definitely a beautiful place, lots of history. Learned a lot about the country
  • Friendly and helpful staff. Did the tour to on different occasions. Better the guide better the tour. The part you can see yourself is good too. Grounds are large if you walk around the property.
  • Beautiful place to walk around or go to an event. Museum is a bit dated but still very interesting with collections of artifacts and (preserved) wildlife from around the world. Planetarium is also dated but fun in a "retro" way.
  • Part of the Gold Coast Mansions of Long Island, the Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium houses a massively eclectic collection of taxidermy, paintings, and a 3,000 year old mummy, on the scenic north shore. We came here with some Syosset Public Library passes, allowing us complimentary access to the museums, grounds, and a guided mansion tour (check with your local library for these). In the main mansion are two museums packed to the brim with marine life and stuffed taxidermy from all over the world (fun fact: William K. Vanderbilt II discovered over 70 new species of fish in the 20s and 30s, far before the technological advancements we've made today). Downstairs, you'll find his Cadillac and across the courtyard are some more exhibits, including his caught whale shark (the largest species of fish in the world) and a 3,000 year old mummy. In another building on the grounds, there's an additional museum housing, you guessed it, more rare marine specimens from William K. Vanderbilt's collection. The one-hour mansion tour provided access to the service areas, guest rooms, and of course, the master bedroom for the Mr. and both of the Mrs.' (he divorced and later remarried). Architecture is Spanish Revival with Moroccan influences throughout, as seen in the court. Our tour guide was terrific and knowledgable, with a good sense of humor too. As we were walking from room to room, he happily fielded questions and engaged the younger kids in the the group.
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