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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.

DUE TO COVID WE ARE NOT RUNNING TOURS AT THIS TIME.  PLEASE REVISIT OUR SITE DECEMBER 8TH FOR MORE UPDATES.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING!

 

Guided Historic Walking Tour

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER - 50% of tour is outdoors

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

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER - 75% of tour is outdoors

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

  • 90 minute Guided Walking Tour
  • $35 per person, Ages 16 & over must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian
  • Approximately 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Listen for the creaks and groans of the asylum “cottages” settling at night
  • Tour also includes an excursion into the basement of a former Men's Ward Cottage as well as the underground steam tunnels.


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ESCAPE TO THE ASYLUM - PRIVATE TOUR

**AVAILABLE  THROUGH MAY 31, 2021**

Break out of quarantine with a tour of the former Traverse City State Hospital!

THIS TOUR REQUIRES 24-48 HOUR LEAD TIME TO ARRANGE/BOOK/CONFIRM AND IS NOT OFFERED ON SUNDAYS.

This is an exclusive opportunity for you and your housemates to finally do something different! Spend two hours with one of our guides 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. (For COVID safety, theses Private Tours are ONLY being offered to members of the SAME household.)

  • 2 hour Guided Historic Walking Tour of The Village campus
  • $200 for a group of up to 5 people,  $25 per person for each additional guest (Up to 12 people total - ages 12 & over - 11 & under NOT permitted on tour; under 18 requires parent or guardian present), 
  • Approximately 1 mile of walking - Not wheelchair accessible 
  • Dress for the weather - 75% will be Outdoors

Please email katrina@thevillagetc.com to reserve your day/time or call 231-938-6150.  

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Extended Tripod Photography Tour

Not currently available.

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

Not Currently Available 

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
  • Not wheelchair accessible 
  • 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  

Tripod Photography Tour

Not Currently Available 

  • 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


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. 

Private Tour Inquiry

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.

WE ARE OPEN! Mercato Shopping Hours:

As of 11/19/2020

Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 10am-3pm

*Please note all tours have been canceled through December 8th due to recent COVID 19 restrictions.

  • The Village Farmers Market will take place Saturdays in the Mercato from 10am-2pm starting Nov 7th.
  • Please do your part:
    • Maintain a minimum 6 feet distance between others
    • Practice frequent and thorough hand washing.
    • Visitors: If you feel sick or share a home with someone who is sick, please do not enter, and  please self-isolate.

Thank you - The Minervini Group, LLC