Things To Know Before You Come
The Vanderbilt Mansion tour is approximately 1 hour. The only way to see the mansion is by guided tour. It is a walking tour and there are approximately 100 stairs involved during the tour.
Tours typically run on the hour; however tour times are subject to change. Extra tours are often added if necessary. (Please note: November through April, tours are offered at 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00) *Tour times are subject to change
Tours are limited to 50 people per tour. During periods of heavy visitation (Summer weekends, Holidays, and October), it is not unusual for tours to sellout.
Baby carriages, strollers, infant carriers, backpacks and flash photography are all prohibited from the tour.
The Vanderbilt Mansion is accessible; however the elevator in the mansion is historic (c.1935) and frequently needs servicing. Please call ahead to check availability. 845-229-7770. Over-sized, electric wheelchairs may not fit.
The Vanderbilt Mansion is not air-conditioned and can get quite warm in the summer months.
There are public restrooms in the Vanderbilt Visitor Center which is open 9:00am to 5:00pm.
There is a Museum Shop located in the Visitor Center and is open 9:00am to 4:30pm.
The grounds are free and open daily until sunset.
Did You Know?
In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the enabling legislation for the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY to become part of the National Park Service.