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Opened in 1885, there’s approximately one million square feet of building stock on 63 acres with lots of history and tales to be told.

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 2 hour Guided Historic Walking Tour of The Village campus, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital grounds.  You will learn about 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.  The tour will take you through an unrenovated historic building, a renovation project in progress, and the tour will end with a walk through an amazing brick steam tunnel built in 1883.

$25 per person, (Ages 12 & over - 11 & under NOT permitted on tour; under 18 requires parent or guardian present) 

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Twilight Tour

For those seeking an otherworldly experience, the evening skyline of Building 50 is magical and unique.  The 90 minute tour begins on the front lawn to honor history’s advocates for moral treatment.  Then, on to observe the fascinating shadow play and listen for the creeks and groans of the asylum “cottages” settling at night.  Along the way you will learn about 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.  This tour also includes an excursion into the 1883 underground steam tunnel. 

$35 per person, (Ages 18 & over, ID required)

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Tripod Photography Tour

The semi-guided TCSH Tripod Photography Tours give photographers of all levels a chance to respectfully explore various unrestored buildings that are not normally included on our Guided Historic Tour.  For 2.5 hours smaller groups are escorted through a variety of spaces such as basements and attics, with enough time to allow everyone opportunities to capture the building elements they find compelling.  This tour also includes an excursion into the 1883 underground steam tunnel.

$50 per person, (Ages 18 & over, ID required)

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Extended Tripod Photography Tour

The semi-guided Tripod Photography Tour lead by Christian Van Antwerpen gives photographers of all levels a chance to respectfully explore a large portion of the unrestored buildings that are remaining on The Village Campus.  For 5.5 hours (1 hour break for lunch)  smaller groups are escorted through a variety of spaces such as basements and attics, with enough time to allow everyone opportunities to capture the building elements they find compelling.  This tour also includes an excursion into the 1883 underground steam tunnel.

$100 per person, (Ages 18 & over, ID required)

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Missing Spire Walking Tour

Patrons depart from B50 The Village Store for a one hour sidewalk tour around Building 50. Along the way, major historic events and the guiding principles of Dr. Kirkbride and Dorthea Dix are discussed. This 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

$12 per person, Children 12 & under $5, Children 5 and under are FREE

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

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.