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Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium

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An official Path Through History Site! The Vanderbilt Museum’s elegant Spanish-Revival mansion is the former home of William Kissam Vanderbilt II, great grandson of Commodore Cornelius. Designed by prominent architectural firm Warren and Wetmore (of Grand Central Terminal fame) the lavish 24-room mansion features original furnishings. The 43-acre estate, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, overlooks Northport Bay and the L.I. Sound an features an array of estate buildings, including a boathouse, seaplane hangar and caretaker's cottage. Visitors take guided mansion tours, or may explore on their own the museum’s galleries of marine life, natural history and cultural artifacts, as well as its wild-animal habitats and dioramas. The Vanderbilt’s, Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium is a state-of-the-art, 147-seat facility that features educational and entertainment shows. Recently renovated, the planetarium is one of the largest and most advanced in the United States. In addition to its 60-foot domed theater, where some shows recreate celestial events, the planetarium has an Observatory with a professional-grade, 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope through which visitors can scan the real sky on clear evenings. During the day, visitors can view the sun safely through a new Lunt hydrogen-alpha solar telescope.

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