Traverse City Historic Asylum Photography Tour

  • 34 Ratings

Meander through the grounds of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a historic group of buildings that are currently in the process of being restored. Snap great shots of this former hospital that was built in the style of Victorian-Italianate architecture.

Duration: 3 hours
Cancellation: No refunds for cancelled bookings.

What You Will Do

  • Wander through parts of these classically ornate hospital buildings and explore their historic design
  • Take advantage of opportunities to capture beautiful up-close images of the inside of the historic asylum "cottages" that housed patients
  • Travel the underground walkways on a tour that leads to a steam tunnel built in 1883
  • Learn the history of mental health facilities in this country and the role this hospital played

What's Included

  • Guided Photography Tour of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital

Additional Information

  • These tours require guests to be physically capable to climb up and down steep stairs and walk through low-clearance areas. Significant walking (about 1 mile) will be required and refunds will not be permitted if you are unable to keep pace with the tour. The tour group will be led outdoors for the majority of the duration so please wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Cameras and tripods will be allowed, however any other audio/visual equipment is not permitted. Ages 18 & over. ID required.

  • Tickets are non refundable. Once tickets are purchased they can be rescheduled up to a year from purchase date.

Customer Reviews

  • 34 Ratings

  • Mike

I the opportunity to photograph what I like from a knowledgeable guide. Made the 4 hour trip each way well worth it.

February 14, 2018

  • Ellen

Our tour guide, Christian, was knowledgeable and friendly. Loved photographing the beauty of the old buildings.

February 14, 2018

  • Jerry

Great opportunity to photograph the building.

February 13, 2018
830 Cottageview Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684, USA
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