- 55 Ratings
Full-Day Photography Tour in Traverse City
Get an inside look at a former hospital to explore old buildings and rooms that have never been restored. See amazing photos with a professional explaining their history and composition.
What You Will Do
- Spend the day checking out photos of historic buildings of the former Traverse City State Hospital
- Follow professional photographer Christian Van Antwerpen, who acts as your tour guide for the day
- See a variety of different photographs of the old hospital before taking a scenic stroll through the 1885 steam tunnels
- Enjoy a one-hour break, mingling with fellow photography lovers while having lunch in The Village
- Photo tour with guide
- 55 Ratings
My husband and I just joined this tour because we appreciate architecture and wanted to see what the buildings looked like before renovation. The tour was everything we hoped for. It was a small group of 9 and we were able to see everything without getting in anyones way. The buildings are amazing with a round room on every floor including the basement, transoms over every door, extremely wide hallways, helped you envision what life must have been like when the hospital was in operation. Anyone who enjoys history would appreciate this tour. The Traverse City Mental Hospital was far ahead of its time with a philosophy we should be implementing today.
Quality of the tour and the docent.
Christian not only leads the photographers participating, but explains the history and function of the building we are exploring. He helps with a more successful image by providing mood lighting in darkest areas. Christians passion for these old buildings is evident in providing a great experience.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the photography tour. It was great to have full access to the buildings we were allowed to be in and then given so much time to get the shots we really wanted. We appreciated Christian's knowledge, tips and sense of humor. Thank you for doing these tours! We had a great time!
Christian was very knowledgeable about the buildings telling us the history of each building we visited.
Amazing place! amazing tour.
Great photo tour! guided, but not intrusive. knowledgeable but not overbearing. kinda... just right.
Awesome experience! Loved the old buildings and great photography opportunities. Christian was very helpful!
This should say mostly satisfied. This would be even better if it were a little longer, maybe 3 hours instead of two! I will come back again! Thank you for offering it!
Excellent friendly guide gave us plenty of time to wander around and get creative. Will do this again and highly recommend it!
We had a very good time. The tour guides were great . It was nice to have free roam of the building to photo what ever we wanted. I love the photos I took and love that these buildings full of rich history were saved and they are being shared with the public, thank you.
Enjoyed the photo experience
Sufficient time in each building. Just enough narrative - not overly wordy.
This tour was great and well worth the money! It was nice to be able to go into two buildings and be able to extensively photograph those instead of splitting the two hours between four or more buildings. It was also great that the two chosen (Cottage 30 and 34) were different from each other in certain ways, such as one being abated and the other not. That made for a range in photographs. Christian was also very friendly and helpful the entire tour. He was there if anyone had any questions and was willing to give tips to anyone who needed/wanted them. He was clear on directions of where you can and cannot go (which we were basically given free reign and that was amazing, compared to the guided tour which is awfully restricting). It was also nice that he instructed the whole group that, when you're taking hallway shots, take your shot and move on so others can take their shots. That was fantastic advice. He also showed us a few cool places and things to take pictures of, which was great. My only qualm is that the tour descriptions online, before buying the tickets, should state which buildings the tour is going into. That way, if I wanted to take a two-hour photography tour again, I wouldn't be possibly going into the same two cottages again. Overall, a really great tour that I would recommend to everyone!
The tour guides were awesome, it was really neat to see the old buildings. My suggestion would be to have a bit of more interest in the buildings, perhaps some pieces of furniture? I think that would make for more interesting subject matter for photographers.
Christian was great. Very knowledgable and interactive. Can't wait to do it again!
Christian VanAntwerpen is excellent, he is what everyone enjoys in a guide!
Christian was an amazing guide! Full of knowledge about TCSH history and also assisted with setting up some great lighting for the photographers! A wonderful and exciting tour!!
The tour was educational and provided some very cool photography opportunities ... Christian mentioned that there is a facebook group for photography done on the tours - could someone please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org the name of the group - thanks!
Great tour! Christian was a great guide and teacher. Thank you!
Christian was a fantastic guide and host. Well versed on the buildings and extremely helpful. Lots of fun. Will be signing up for another upcoming photo tour.
it was great to see some of buildings and take unlimited photos and just be able to walk through the rooms and halls. Christian showed us some special highlights and offered tips for the best photo and where to go and some history. a very must see tour
Christian is great about showing people the best places in each building to get a great photo. He provides insights to each building and is always ready to help with camera settings if you are a novice photographer and need a little help. Great tour all the way around. :)
Just a wonderful opportunity to explore and photography the unfinished buildings. While it is semi guided, Christian's passion and knowledge about the buildings is very evident. Can't wait to go again
Chris was there to get us into and out of the buildings. Provided little in the way of guidance for techniques. Other than the one community image for the FB person. Would like to have done perhaps light painting or other creative techniques than mere documentation. Sure, I can edit my work with software. And I got hot some great shots. Just felt that, if marketing him as an expert there are might be more mentoring.
I love these photography tours and will continue to do them. Christian is a great guide , and myself being from Traverse City it is a great cause...
Christian was very professional, informative and FUN! This was our 6th 'historical' tour of TCSH and we learn something new every time. This tour was nice, because we were able to roam freely thru the buildings.(carefully of course) I also enjoyed the fact that it was a small group, I believe about 15 of us. I'm ready to go again!!!
The freedom to carefully roam the two buildings while guided was a once in a lifetime photographic opportunity. Thank you and Mr. VanAntwerpen.
Christian did a great job as a tour guide. He was attentive, pointed out areas of interest, made sure we all explored in a safe and responsible manner and was just awesome in general. Wonderful tour, can't wait to do another!
Because the Photo tour was PERFECT!
I had a great time!! You all are doing great things for this place, keep it up. Thanks!!
What a fantastic tour. I hope to do it again next year, if available.
I got a 6+ hour tour for $100! The guides were fun and tried super hard to answer all our questions. The limits of the tour were more than reasonable...go wherever you want but don't fall through the floor. Reasonable adults having reasonable fun. Photographers on a tour with photographers is a super combination. The groups were small enough to let us stay out of each other's shots. I love that you split us up. If you offered this tour again next weekend, I would do it again and bring some friends. There was nothing about this tour that was not awesome.
This was the most amazing tour ! I would do it again in a heartbeat , the guides did a great job. It was this photographer best experience and went way beyond my expectations.