Grand Traverse Commons Historic Walking Tour
Tour a historic building, currently one of the country's largest re-purposed renovation projects. Explore an amazing brick steam tunnel while learning about the history of the Traverse City State Hospital.
What You Will Do
- Wander through old hospital buildings full of classic beauty
- Travel through the underground steam tunnel system built in 1883
- Learn from your guide about the history of mental health in this country and the role this particular building played in that story
- Guided Historic Tour of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital
These tours require guests to be physically capable to climb up and down steep stairs and walk through low-clearance areas. Significant walking will be required. Wear weather appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes. Ages 12 & over. Under 18 requires parent or guardian present.
Once tickets are purchased they can not be canceled. But may be rescheduled up to a year from purchase date.
- 3,368 Ratings
The guide was entertaining as well as informative. I also appreciate the efforts to educate and open the minds of visitors on the mentally ill and treatment.
Our tour guide was wonderful! He really made the tour a great experience!!
Our guide Dave was so knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. The whole place and history is just fascinating! We really did not want the tour to end and would have loved to go in more if the buildings. Thank you for a first class experience!
I took my for eighth-grade graduates here on this tour as requested per of them. We all had a wonderful time. Would have enjoyed a little bit more time in the older buildings. Our guide did a beautiful job. Would definitely do this again!
Subject matter, history, guide was knowledgeable and fun.
The tour was very interesting and informative. We loved it!!
Great tour. Tour guide made it more fun with his personality and things he added to it. Definitely would recommend.
The guide did a great job and really knew all the history, we will definitely recommend this tour to others!
We enjoyed the tour very much and the reason I did not give it 4 stars is that I wish more time was spent being able to go inside some of the buildings instead of walking around and looking at the outside for about 75% of the tour. Also, the tours should be totally smoke free. We had one person in our group that was smoking as we walked around the campus.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the history of the hospital and help us understand the way of life and care the hospital gave the patients.
Joe was the best ever tour guide. I wouldn’t change a thing!
Tour was amazing! Really enjoyed learning about the history of this incredible place! Guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who has any interest in history!
Guide was entertaining and very knowable and because he grew up in the area he had several experiences to share as well . Thank you for the fun time
The shops were really cute.....made a couple of purchases. The tour guide has enough enthusiasm for a dozen tour guides! Fun and educational. My teenage boys really liked it, which is saying something!
Joe the guide was AWESOME !! He was very knowledgeable and made the tour great with his pictures and stories.
Great guide, very educated and engaging!
Such a cool experience and Joe did an amazing job explaining the history behind the asylum!
Joe was full of information and wonderfully animated, he kept us all captivated. I definitely would recommend this tour to friends and family. We took our 17 year old son and 19 year old daughter and they enjoyed it and found everything very interesting.
Tour guide Joe explained the inspired approach to treating mental health problems, embraced by the founding doctor, reminding us of the dark ages which had preceded it, and the causes and effects of our decent back down from this enlightened advancement.
Fun and educational. Tour guide made it even more fun.
What a special day we had. We had the pleasure of a wonderful tour guide filling in for the regular guide who had lost his voice. Amazing day, beautiful facility, super staff! It's so great to see all the changes. I have been visiting Traverse City and The Village at Grand Traverse Commons since 2001; during its sad and destitute state of disrepair. A++++ for the whole facility and tour.
The curator and his assistant we very informative and entertaining. The information was invaluable. My group will definitely come back for the twilight tour.
Tour guide (Joe) was very knowledgeable and funny. He kept our attention and gave us personal viewpoints of the facility. The "Caboose" whose name I don't remember was very entertaining also
The guide was very informative. A wealth of knowledge and humor. It was a lousy weather day, but he kept us interested to stick with him. Well worth the money for sure.
Well organized leader. Made the tour very educational
Wonderful tour guide!
The tour was very interesting. Dave was an awesome tour guide. It was really cool to be able to go into an unrenovsted building and the steam tunnel.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor! Well worth the money. You will not be disappointed!!
I enjoyed the stories that link the people with the buildings. Would love to have seen other floors just to see the improvements but just the same we had s great time.