Vanderbilt Mansion Tours Now Available
You must reserve your tickets online in advance of your arrival. This new self-guided tour features the first floor of the Vanderbilt Mansion. You'll learn about the Vanderbilts, the architecture and interior decoration, and the Gilded Age with the convenience of your personal smart phone (or tablet) while listening to a ranger-narrated audio tour.
Access to the mansion is by advanced reservation only. Tours are limited and sell out quickly. Currently, reservations are offered Fridays through Mondays, between 10 AM and 3 PM. Tickets MUST be purchased online before your arrival. To check availability, make your reservation, and purchase your ticket, visit recreation.gov.
The tour presents seven rooms on the first floor of the mansion. The audio tour experience requires each visitor to bring their own hand-held electronic device (phone or tablet) AND headphones or earbuds. Listening to the audio files will require a data plan to access the audio file downloads. Audio files can be found on the mansion audio tour page.
The Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site was established to preserve in public ownership the historically significant property associated with the life of the Vanderbilt family. The primary mission of the National Park Service is to preserve the Vanderbilt Mansion, grounds and gardens unimpaired for future generations, by managing the use of park areas in a manner that will protect against the impairment of park values and purposes and then to provide for public enjoyment.
Congress has instructed the National Park Service that: "The authorization of activities shall be construed and the protection, management, and administration of these areas shall be conducted in light of the high public value and integrity of the National Park System and shall not be exercised in derogation of the values and purposes for which these various areas have been established..."
In some instances, the Vanderbilt Mansion's location, facilities and significance can be used in other ways that might provide a benefit to an individual, group or organization, rather than the public at large. These are special park uses and require written authorization in the form of a permit. While some special park uses might be appropriate, others may not be due to size, scope and impact on visitor enjoyment, park grounds and facilities. In general, the National Park Service may permit a special park use if the proposed activity will not:
Activities for which special use permits may be required include (but are not limited to) the following: wedding ceremonies and wedding photography, indoor and outdoor filming and photography, using the site to conduct business, special interest group meetings, athletic events, distribution of printed matter, memorialization and collecting research specimens. In addition to application charges, the National Park Service may charge to recover other costs incurred (such as monitoring or maintenance) due to the activity, and may require proof of liability insurance from the permittee. The permittee is also required to agree to conditions on the activity in order to ensure safety and protect park resources.
Please submit applications at least 14 days prior to any proposed event, activity, or use requiring a special park use permit.
Submitting a permit application does not guarantee approval of any proposed activity. All application fees are non-refundable.
For more information:
The following links will provide more information about each type of permit at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites:
Last updated: July 27, 2021