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Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson Visits Vanderbilt Museum

Senator Alan Simpson (center) is shown above in one of the natural-history galleries, visiting with Curator Stephanie Gress and Executive Director Lance Reinheimer.


Alan K. Simpson, former Republican U.S Senator from Wyoming (1979-1997), visited the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, NY, on October 16. He was in New York for the second Obama-Romney presidential debate that evening at Hofstra University.  Simpson said his passionate interest in history and the arts and his friendship with members of the Whitney and Vanderbilt families prompted him to visit estate of William K. Vanderbilt II.

Now retired in Cody, Wyoming, Simpson has been involved since 1968 with the Buffalo Bill Historic Center there, a complex of five museums and a research library. He joined its board of directors in 1968 and served as its chairman from 1998 to 2011. The day of his visit was a busy one at the Vanderbilt, and the senator joined a private tour of the mansion and estate for an editor and photographer from Vogue Living, who were working on a feature about Long Island’s Gold Coast mansions.

Vanderbilt Museum Information


Now through– November 4: The museum is open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 5:00 and Sundays 12:00 to 5:00. (The last mansion tour begins each day at 4 p.m.) The museum is closed Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Winter Hours

November 5 – April 15: The museum is open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


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, Egyptian mummy and Stoll Wing animal-habitat dioramas. For a mansion tour, add $5 per ticket. (A video tour of the mansion is available on request.)

Planetarium Modernization

The Vanderbilt Planetarium is undergoing major modernization and a complete technological update and will reopen in early 2013.

In addition to new seating and carpeting and other building enhancements, the project will include the installation of a state-of-the-art Konica Minolta GeminiStar III star projector with full-dome video and surround sound systems, and a new ticketing and reservation system. With these improvements, the new facility will be one of the finest planetariums in the United States.

Please note: The rest of the Vanderbilt Museum – mansion, marine museum, collections galleries and animal habitats – remains open on a regular schedule throughout the renovation.

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.


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