Take a Tour

The Village story is unique and vital to the history of Traverse City.  Join us for an array of tours that give an accurate snapshot of Dr. Munson’s “Beauty is Therapy” theory on patient care, the former uses of the structures on the property, the purpose of the architecture and more.

 

Guided Historic Walking Tour

Join us for a Historic Tour of The Village campus, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital grounds.

  • 2 hour Guided Historic Walking Tour of The Village campus
  • $25 per person, (Ages 12 & over - 11 & under NOT permitted on tour; under 18 requires parent or guardian present)
  • Approximately 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible 
  • Learn about Dr. Munson’s “Beauty is Therapy” theory on patient care
  • Former uses of the structures on the property
  • Purpose of the architecture 
  • Venture through an unrenovated historic building
  • End with a walk through an amazing brick steam tunnel built in 1883 

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Twilight Tour

For those seeking an otherworldly experience, the evening skyline of Building 50 is magical and unique. 

  • 90 minute Guided Walking Tour
  • $35 per person, Ages 18 & over ID required
  • Approximately 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible
  • Observe the fascinating shadow play and listen for the creeks and groans of the asylum “cottages” settling at night
  • Learn about Dr. Munson’s “Beauty is Therapy” theory on patient care 
  • Hear excerpts of first hand experiences from former employees
  • Former uses of the structures on the property and more
  • Tour also includes an excursion into the 1883 underground steam tunnel 


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Taste of The Village ~ A History, Wine & Beer WALKING TOUR

On this unique tour, guests will experience a taste of the many things The Village, formerly known as the Traverse City State Hospital, has to offer.

  • 2 hour Guided Walking Tour
  • $35 per person, Ages 21 & over, ID required
  • Experience the amazing 1883 brick steam tunnel while learning about patient care and the Kirkbride plan
  • Visit The Barrel Room at Left Foot Charley which includes a flight of four tastings
  • Learn about the preservation and reuse of the former state hospital
  • Venture to neighboring Brewery, Earthen Ales where you will sample four of their brews  

September Dates NOW available

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Missing Spire Walking Tour

  • 1 hour sidewalk tour around Building 50
  • $12 per person, Children 12 & under $5, Children 5 and under are FREE
  • Learn about major historic events and the guiding principles of Dr. Kirkbride 
  • Tour is ideal for those patrons with limited mobility or who only have an hour to spend on campus

Please note: This tour does NOT go into unrenovated buildings or the underground steam tunnel

Limited Dates Available

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Tripod Photography Tour

  • 2.5 hour Semi-guided TCSH Tripod Photography Tour
  • $50 per person, Ages 18 & over, ID required
  • Over 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible
  • Photographers of all levels are welcome
  • Explores through various unrestored buildings that are not normally included on our Guided Historic Tour
  • This tour also includes an excursion into the 1883 underground steam tunnel

Limited Dates Available 

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Extended Tripod Photography Tour

  • 5 hours (1 hour break for lunch) Semi-guided Tripod Photography Tour lead by Christian Van Antwerpen
  • $100 per person, Ages 18 & over, ID required
  • Over 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible
  • Photographers of all levels are welcome
  • Explores through various unrestored buildings that are not normally included on our Guided Historic Tour
  • This tour also includes an excursion into the 1883 underground steam tunnel

Limited Dates Available 


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Private & Bus Tours

Private Tours are available for 9 or more people.  Prices and availability vary. 

Bus Tours are available for Motor Coach groups.  Prices and availability vary. 

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I've explored the grounds on my own and read a lot of history, but nothing compares to the guided tour we took this past weekend. As a mental health professional, this tour was incredible. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about mental health care, history, and the restoration of the buildings. Not to mention, hilarious. It was amazing to see the inside of these buildings and hear their stories. I recommend this tour to anyone with even the slightest interest in history, mental health care, or just a curiosity about these buildings and their story. Well worth the $25 and the time we spent on the tour.

Julie from Grand Rapids

We have been coming here for years to shop, buy coffee and eat at various places. We have hiked many of the trails but today we decided to take the official tour. THE TOUR IS A MUST DO EVENT!!!! Joe was our lively and very knowledgeable tour guide. You sign a waiver for a reason- you get to go into abandoned buildings and tunnels and Joe knows the history of this place very well. The price for the tour was more than fair. I'd go again tomorrow if I could- it was just that good. Seriously, I'd like to come back this summer and do it again.

Becky B.