‘Tango in the Courtyard’ Returns to Vanderbilt: Music, Dancing, Romance Under the Stars

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The Vanderbilt Museum is bringing back the popular event Tango in the Courtyard. The evening of Argentine tango music, dancing and romance under the stars will be held on Saturday, August 25, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.

The Spanish-Revival style mansion of William Vanderbilt (1878-1944), listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was inspired by the architecture Mr. Vanderbilt loved in Spain and South America. The beautiful, restored cobblestone courtyard is the perfect backdrop for tango and Latin music.

The gateway to the courtyard will open at 6:00 p.m. Professional instructors will give tango lessons from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 online, $30 at the door.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy during the evening. Water and soda will be available for purchase.

Attire: fun and elegant. Cobblestone-friendly shoes are highly recommended.

Guests will have ample opportunity to dance the tango as well as some Latin, ballroom and swing while enjoying the ambience of the Gold Coast Era.

In the event of rain or very cool weather, the event will move to the large Celebration Tent on the Great Lawn.


(Museum administrative office hours: Monday through Friday10:00 to 4:00. Closed weekends and holidays. For information, call 631-854-5579.)


Hours – Museum and Mansion
June 26 – September 2TuesdaySaturday11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mansion tours are given TuesdayFriday at 11:4512:301:002:003:00 and 4:00Saturday at 11:4512:301:002:00,3:00 and 3:30; and Sunday at 12:301:002:003:00 and 3:30. Admissions close at 4:00 p.m. Grounds close at 5:00(The Museum and Mansion are closed on Monday. Planetarium open Friday and Saturday nights).

Hours – Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium
June 26 – September 2: Daytime shows TuesdaySunday12:001:002:003:00 and 4:00 p.m. Evening shows on Friday at 8:009:00 and 10:00 p.m. and Saturday at 7:008:009:00 and 10:00 p.m. (The Planetarium is closed Monday.)  


June 26-September 2

Tuesday – Sunday Afternoons
12:00 pm           One World, One Sky
1:00 pm             Earth, Moon, and Sun
2:00 pm             SunStruck!
3:00 pm             Stars
4:00 pm             Dynamic Earth

Friday Nights
8:00 p.m.           Long Island Skies
9:00 p.m.           Black Holes
10:00 p.m.         Laser Led Zeppelin

Saturday Nights
7:00 p.m.           Beyoncé – NEW LASER SHOW!
8:00 p.m.           Night Sky, Live!
9:00 p.m.           Black Holes
10:00 p.m.         Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Year-round viewing of the night sky (weather permitting), on Fridays, 9:00-10:00 p.m. Observation is free.

Museum Admission
General museum admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students with ID and seniors (62 and older), and $5 for children 12 and under. General admission includes estate-grounds access to the Marine Museum (closed temporarily for renovation), 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 availableTuesdaySunday at 12:301:002:003:00 and 4:00.

Planetarium Admission
During the day, visitors to the Planetarium pay general museum admission ($8 for adults, $7 for students with IDs and seniors 62 and older, and $5 for children 12 and under), plus $6 each for a Planetarium show. For evening Planetarium shows on Friday and Saturday, visitors pay $10 for adults, $9 for students with IDs and seniors 62 and older, and $8 for children 12 and under.

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 www.vanderbiltmuseum.org. For information, call 631-854-5579.)

Available upon request. Call Patrick Keeffe at 631-854-5562.

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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