I have always enjoyed visiting the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport, NY. Watching a laser show on the big dome is always entertaining and fun. I am pretty excited to see the result of the extensive renovations that the planetarium is going through.
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Currently, the planetarium is closed, however the museum, collections, and mansion will remain open. When the $3 million dollar renovations are complete, we will see a total technological update that will make it one of the most advanced planetariums in this country. The renovations are set to be complete in the Spring of 2012.
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|Vanderbilt Mansion stairway ||Water view |
The Vanderbilt Museum is one of the last few Gold Coast Mansions remaining on Long Island. It was owned by William K. Vanderbilt II and has 24 rooms. The grounds are beautiful and picturesque. You can see a tour of the mansion, which begins in the Courtyard, and during the tour you will learn about the architecture and the structural details of the mansion. On display are many antique furnishings representing a time when Long Island's Coast Coast was at it's forefront and when Vanderbilt and his family lived and surrounded themselves with the lavish collections.
|Summer at the Vanderbilt|
Museum and Exhibits
The 43 acre museum has over 30,000 items as exhibits and collections that represents William Vanderbilt's life and interests. During your visit to the museum you will see collections of
- Curator's Cottage
- Marine and Natural History Specimans
- The Hall of Fish
- House Furnishings
- Seaplane Hangar
- A 3000 year old mummy!
The planetarium is closed for renovations until the Spring of 2012. The planetarium will install the Konica Minolta Infinium star projector. Sounds really cool! Included in the renovations will be a 3-D video, laser show and surround sound systems.
The address to the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium is 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY. You can call (631) 854-5555 for more information.
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