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

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 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 

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ESCAPE TO THE ASYLUM - PRIVATE TOUR

THIS TOUR REQUIRES 24-48 HOUR LEAD TIME TO ARRANGE/BOOK/CONFIRM.  Payment is required within 24 hours of booking.

This is an exclusive opportunity for you and your family to 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 family of up to 5 people,  $25 per person for each additional family member (Up to 12 family members total - 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 - 75% will be Outdoors

Please email katrina@thevillagetc.com to start the booking process.
Phone:  231-938-6150 

Twilight Tour

*CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE.  WILL BE AVAILABLE AGAIN IN LATE SPRING*

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, must be 16 years and older (under 18 years old requires parent or legal guardian to attend)
  • Learn about Dr. Munson’s “Beauty is Therapy” theory on patient care as well as former uses of the structures on the property and much more
  • 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.

Extended Tripod Photography Tour

*CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE.  WILL BE AVAILABLE AGAIN IN LATE SPRING*

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

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

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 02/22/2021:

  • Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm (Winter hours in effect, some shops close at 3pm during the week - please check with individual business)
  • Sunday 10am-3pm
  • ESCAPE TO THE ASYLUM PRIVATE TOURS AVAILABLE NOW FOR IMMEDIATE BOOKINGS!  Please go to thevillagetc.com/tour for more information. To reserve a time, email katrina@thevillagetc.com.

 

  • The Village Indoor Farmers Market takes place every Saturday in the Mercato from 10am-2pm,  November 2020 through April 2021.

 

  • 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