Established as a monument to an era, this estate illustrates a way of life modeled on the English country house. For nearly two centuries, this place was home to socially prominent New Yorkers. A superb example of its type, Vanderbilt Mansion represents the domestic ideal of the elite class in the late nineteenth-century America. It provides a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period, and the world of the American millionaire during the era historians refer to as The Gilded Age.
The National Park Service preserves over 200 acres of the original property, including historic buildings, original furnishings, manicured landscapes, natural woodlands, formal gardens and associated documents. The centerpiece of the estate is the mansion, a masterpiece of American Beaux-Arts design by the distinguished architectural firm McKim, Mead & White.
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Advance reservations are available ONLY for commercial groups and public groups of 20 or more people.
Individual tickets are available first-come, first-served at the site. Tour times can be found at the park website www.nps.gov/VAMA
Access to Vanderbilt Mansion is by tour only. When unexpected high visitation occurs, the guided tours may switch to self guided tours.
No flash photography.
Yes, this tour involves a .25 mile walk to the mansion and back. The tour takes places indoors and outdoors. Please dress according to the weather. Tours operate during high tempertatures, low tempatures, snow and rain.