Vanderbilt Planetarium: Two New Summer Shows Open

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Vanderbilt Opens New Planetarium Shows:
Sunstruck! and Laser U2


CENTERPORT, NY (June 30, 2017) – The Vanderbilt Museum’s Reichert Planetarium has premiered two intriguing new shows for the summer and brought back a popular show.
New on the playbill are Sunstruck! and Laser U2. Back for an encore is Pink Floyd: The Wall.
Link to schedule:
Sunstruck! – Travel back in time to experience the birth of our Sun and solar system. Discover how the Sun came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away. 
Laser U2 – Enjoy the classics and modern hits of one of the greatest bands of the last three decades. This concert is set against a backdrop of the latest laser art. Your eyes and ears will be your guides into an immersive journey through this British band’s rise and success. Created by Audio-Visual Imagineering. Running time: 50 minutes.
Pink Floyd: The Wall – Based on the 1979 album of the same name, this is the tale of the rock star named Pink Floyd and his downward spiral into madness. This gripping and spellbinding musical journey is beautiful, haunting, powerful, and thought-provoking. Running time: 45 minutes.


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(Museum administrative office hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 4:00. Closed weekends and holidays.)
Hours – Museum and Mansion
Through September 3: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00. Last mansion tour begins at 4:00. (The Museum and Mansion are closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.) Planetarium open Friday and Saturday nights.
 Hours – Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium
Through September 3: Daytime shows Tuesday at 2:00, and Saturday and Sunday at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Evening shows on Friday and Saturday at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00. (The Planetarium is closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, but is open Friday and Saturday nights.)


Through September 3
Friday Nights
8:00 – Long Island Skies
9:00 – From Earth to the Universe – New Show!
10:00 – Laser U2 – New Laser Show!
Saturday Nights
8:00 – Night Sky, Live!
9:00 – From Earth to the Universe – (July 1 only)
9:00 –  Pink Floyd: The Wall – New Laser Show! (Starting July 8)
10:00 – Laser U2 – New Laser Show!
Tuesday through Sunday Afternoons (closed Mondays) 
 12:00 – One World, One Sky
1:00 – Earth, Moon, and Sun
2:00 – From Earth to the Universe – New Show!
3:00 – Sunstruck! – New Show!
4:00 – Stars: Power House of the Universe

Year-round viewing of the night sky (weather permitting), Friday only, 9:00-10:00. Observation is free. 

Museum Admission

General museum admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students with ID and seniors (62 and older), and $3 for children 12 and under. General admission includes estate-grounds access to the Marine Museum, Memorial Wing natural-history and ethnographic-artifact galleries, Nursery Wing, Habitat Room, Egyptian mummy and Stoll Wing animal-habitat dioramas. For a mansion tour, add $6 per ticket. (A video tour of the mansion is available on request.)


Mansion Tours

Guided tours of the Vanderbilt Mansion — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — are available Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00.


Planetarium Admission

During the day, visitors to the Planetarium pay general museum admission ($7 for adults, $6 for students with IDs and seniors 62 and older, and $3 for children 12 and under), plus $6 each for a Planetarium show. Since the museum is closed in the evening, no general museum admission is charged — visitors pay only for Planetarium show tickets: $10 for adults, $9 for students with IDs and seniors 62 and older, and $8 for children 12 and under.


Vanderbilt Observatory

Night-sky viewing on Friday (weather permitting), 9:00-10:00 p.m. Observation is free.  


Location and Website

The Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY. Directions and updated details on programs and events are available at For information, call 631-854-5579.


The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum

The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum — a unique combination of mansion, marine and natural history museum, planetarium and park — is dedicated to the education and enjoyment of the people of Long Island and beyond. This mission is achieved through the thoughtful preservation, interpretation and enhancement of the Eagle’s Nest estate as an informal educational facility. Many exhibition and program themes focus upon Long Island’s Gold Coast Era. Programs also concentrate on William K. Vanderbilt II’s desire that his marine, natural history and ethnographic collections promote appreciation and understanding of the marvelous diversity of life, other cultures, and scientific knowledge. Planetarium programming, more specifically, focuses on scientific knowledge and seeks to capture Mr. Vanderbilt’s sense of adventure and exploration through state-of-the-art entertainment. 








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