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.
Tours are available year ’round rain or shine.  Please dress for the weather, at least half of the tour will be outdoors.

 

* NEW* Asylum Flashlight Tour

Take a step back in time and experience a night at the Northern Michigan Asylum. Explore one of the most popular cottages from attic to basement as stories from our historic past are told in the dim light of your flashlights.  The sights, sounds… and darkness will leave you wanting to explore more!  Keep your flashlight handy as this 90 minutes ends with a walk through the 1885 steam tunnels. 

  • 90 minute Guided Tour 
  • $35 per person, (Ages 18 & over) 
  • Approximately 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible 
  • Dress for the weather - up to 50% of this tour is outdoors

*TOUR DATES ARE PUBLISHED 1-2 MONTHS IN ADVANCE.*

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Guided Historic Walking Tour

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

  • 2 hour Guided Tour of The Village campus
  • $30 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 and much more
  • Venture through an unrenovated historic building and walk through an amazing brick steam tunnel built in 1883 
  • Dress for the weather - up to 50% of this tour is outdoors

*TOUR DATES ARE PUBLISHED 1-2 MONTHS IN ADVANCE.*

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Twilight Tour

For those seeking an evening adventure through the campus of the former Traverse City State Hospital.  

  • 90 minute Evening Guided Walking Tour
  • $35 per person, must be 16 years and older (under 18 years old requires parent or legal guardian to attend
  • Hear excerpts of first hand experiences from former employees and listen for the creaks and groans of the asylum “cottages” settling at night
  • Tour includes an excursion into the basement of a former Men's Ward Cottage as well as the underground steam tunnels.
  • Dress for the weather - 50% of this tour is outdoors, Flashlights recommended 

*TOUR DATES ARE PUBLISHED 1-2 MONTHS IN ADVANCE.*

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Tripod Photography Tour

NEXT AVAILABLE TOUR THIS FALL - Please continue to check our website for updates and availability.

Only four tours per year, typically one per season.

  • 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

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Extended Tripod Photography Tour

NEXT AVAILABLE TOUR THIS FALL - Please continue to check our website for updates
and availability.

Only four tours per year, typically one per season.

  • 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

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ESCAPE TO THE ASYLUM - PRIVATE TOUR

Private tours have ended for the season. To inquire on availability this fall, please call:

B50 The Village Store at 231-938-6150

Spend 1-on-1 time with your guide exploring multiple floors of unrenovated buildings and venture into the 1883 Steam Tunnel. Discover the origins of Dr. Munson’s “Beauty is Therapy,” learn what the iconic red spires were for, and much more. 

  • 2 hour Guided Historic Walking Tour of The Village campus
  • $200 for up to 5 people,  $25 per person for each additional member (up to 20 person max - ages 12 & over - 11 & under NOT permitted on tour; under 18 requires parent or guardian present), gratuity not included
  • Approximately 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible 
  • Dress for the weather - 50% will be Outdoors

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.