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.
- 4,045 Ratings
The tour was excellent. So much great history and architecture. Didn't know that the method of treatment for the patients was so innovative. Our tour guide made the experience so fun.
Joe was very informative. We enjoyed every part of the tour.
Fascinating history and great tour guide
Very glad we went on tour. Very informative and would highly recommend. Seeing the non renovated buildings helps you appreciate the monumental task involved in bringing these buildings back to life. It would be impossible to fully understand the important role played in the history of TC without taking this tour. Was well worth the price of the ticket. Would do it again.
That was the most interestiour! The tour guide was so passionate and the buildings and history are astounding!
I work for Mental Health. I have worked for them for 30 years. I have taken care of residents that came from that facility.. I also had an aunt that was placed there as an adult for a while. I also had a tour of the facility when i was 18 years old thru high school. My daughter and I both work for Mental Health and this was a very interesting tour for us, since we both took the tour.
Dave, the tour guide, was very informative.
I had a great tour. Our guide was fun and informative.
Thought the tour was great. Very informative. Awesome building architecture.
our tour guide was very knowledable. I would have like to have seen more
Tour guide was the son of the Superintendent of the hospital and personalized it for us. I found it interesting because I worked at Kalamazoo State Hospital in 1963-1965
Well spoken tour and good knowledge but some of it was not true
This tour was fascinating! Our tour guide Ben was knowledgeable and funny. His father had been Superintendent of the State Hospital so he brought a unique perspective to the tour. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Traverse City history or looking for insights into the history of psychiatric care.
We thought the tour was extremely informative....our guide was knowledgeable and funny. We both are happy that this beautiful and historic place is being given a second chance at life. The shops we're excellent and we look forward to coming back!
The guide was well informed & the history of the institution and question about it was cleared up.
Your tour guide was very informed and took care of many questions
Joe was the beat tour guide ever. We had a wonderful time.
Great place to visit, really informative tour about history.
We loved the tour guide! It was all so interesting and the 2 hours flew by. We were so glad that the building and all of the history was saved.
Our tour guide was great!
very informative, engaging, entertaining, slapstick, both Joe and Justin did a great job. opened our eyes to assumptions we had made and mistruths about the hospital perpetuated by the public and media. seems some things never change.
The tour was a chance to learn more about a remarkable structure and system that was ahead of its time and unfortunately dismantled by greed and politics. And a half century later things like this are still happening. Our tour guide Joe brought up the unpleasant part of our mental/physical system. He also infused our tour with plenty of personal experiences and good humor. It would be nice if there was some sort of historical film/video could be added to the tour.
awesome tour and guide and of course "the caboose" the music was a great added feature! We will recommend this tour to our friends
It was super interesting and our guide was extremely informative and fun !
Wow! Very educational. Did not realize or understand the history. Great tour. Joe made this tour even better.
Joe was an awesome tour- guide! Both history and humor
Our tour guide, Joe, made the tour! He was knowledgeable , passionate, humorous, and interesting. I HIGHLY recommend the tour.
Very detailed and passionate tour guide. Fantastic historic building.