On May 8th, 2010 Long Island Photo Gallery members and their guests will be taking a photography field trip to the Vanderbilt Estate Museum in Centerport, Long Island.
According to the VanderbiltMuseaum.org website, the mansion has 24 rooms and its original construction was designed by the same architectural firm that designed New York City’s Grand Central Station. Later additions to the William K. Vanderbilt II mansion at his Eagle’s Nest estate were executed by architects that trained with the same architectural firm. Feel free to take a tour of the mansion while we’re there. Mansion tours last 50-60 minutes and are scheduled every twenty minutes.
The 43-acre museum complex counts among its collections not only the Gold Coast-era mansion [1910-1936], a marine museum, natural history habitats, curator’s cottage, seaplane hangar, boathouse and numerous other estate features [gardens, fountains, balustrades and pools], but also marine and natural history specimens, house furnishings and fine arts, photographs and archives, and an extensive collection of ethnographic objects that make up the former William K. Vanderbilt II estate. A portion of today’s museum – the Hall of Fish – was actually opened to the public during Vanderbilt’s lifetime. Then, as now, the museum seeks to preserve and interpret artifacts that represent his life, collecting interests and intellectual legacy.
The Vanderbilt Mansion is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, New York 11721-0605. General admission is $7 per adult and $3 per child under 12. The mansion tour is an additional $5.
Looking forward to seeing you on May 8th!