The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Formerly the Traverse City State Hospital, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is a historic neighborhood converted to boutique shopping & dining with an arboretum, guided tours, hiking trails and more.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Decaf4me
    Boise, Idaho55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was very informative
    We took the nighttime tour. It was very interesting to learn the positive approach taken to mental healt at this location. The architecture is beautiful. You will go up and down many flights of stairs. Very little time or distance is spent in the tunnel but is cool to see. This is a professional informative tour, not a cheesy comedy act like some tours we found ourselves in at other locations (in another state)
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Patricia R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two hour tour at the TC State Hospital
    We enjoyed our experience on the two hour walking tour with Joe at 3pm. Joe was extremely knowledgeable, and fun. He welcomed and answered all questions, and even volunteered there as a youth in high school. Pioneers at that time; this concept seems amazing. Today our mental health care is so lacking.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Barb E
    Michigan10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical TC State Hospital Guided Tour
    We did the daytime guided historic tour of the former state hospital. It was great! Kristen did a very good job telling the history, the reason for the type of facility it was, and also shared interesting anecdotes about the facility. I’d highly recommend this tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Cruise177
    Cleveland, Ohio33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History brought to life
    What an interesting tour! Our tour guide, Ruth Ann, had history with this institution, as her father worked there for 30+ years, so she shared many colorful stories about the people and place. I enjoyed the fact that we went 'behind the scenes,' through the tunnel, into abandoned cottages, and got to explore some areas on our own. I especially enjoyed all the stories of the characters who lived here, which brought the place to life! Good tour for a rainy day (though you will need rain gear walking between buildings)
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Alisha M
    Lachine, Michigan9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History and Fun in one place
    Highly Recommend the daytime tour, our host Joe Kirkpatrick was knowledgeable and had jokes. He knew alot of history about the premises, and also let us explore an old men's ward and walked us down the old steam tunnels (both of which are off limits to general public). The shops are a bit expensive, but that is to be expected at any tourist destination. Plan almost a whole day to see everything.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Jeff L
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t go if you are claustrophobic
    Took a 80 minute tour with Shaun, as 25 patrons paid for a 90 minute tour had to rush thru the tunnels since someone had claustrophobia. It was unfortunate, that our 90 minute tour was cut shorter. We rushed through another building/area just to make sure we got to the tunnels within the time limit. To find out that one of the patrons had claustrophobia and we had to all get quickly escorted out. It says on all the information as to what the tour entails, and it says outside, walking and TUNNELS!!! She (the patron) should have stayed away or cut her tour short not the 25 in the group! Otherwise I would recommend the tour as it was interesting to visit the buildings. (8/14/23)
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Happiness10213993903
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't hesitate. Great tour!
    Fantastic tour! I wish I remembered my guides name. She was engaging with all ages on the tour I learned so much. Only negative is figuring out where to park and finding my car afterwards. Because of the design of the building there are lots of turns in the basement. If you're directionally challenged like me leave a popcorn trail. Large signs for tour parking in the parking lot would be welcomed. There are plenty of signs once inside the building directing you where to go to check in but outdoors is another story!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 28, 2023
  • ChicagoTraveler111222
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons
    We had a fabulous tour of Grand Traverse Commons with RuthAnne. Her personal stories and her passion for the history of the facility and the care of the patients made her presentation all the more interesting. We highly recommend this tour when visiting Traverse City.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • Karen R
    Lindsay, Canada4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic historical tour, plus fun shopping and dining
    We took the 2 hour tour and our guide was excellent. Her father had worked there for about 40 years as a care giver so she was passionate about the history of the asylum and told lots of stories about life there over the years. The architecture is stunning and we were so happy to see the building transformed into an underground shopping and dining mall, with offices, condos, and apartments filling the top three floors. We saw one of the cottages which had fallen into disrepair from being empty for decades but is starting to undergo renovations. We thoroughly enjoyed our day at The Village.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Vicki T
    Stamford, Connecticut8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour
    My husband and I would highly recommend this tour. The 2-hr tour was filled with interesting facts. Our tour guide Katherine was superb. Her knowledge of the asylum was highlighted by her childhood stories growing up a few blocks from the asylum campus.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
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Melinda K
Lowell, MI2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We loved this tour! I have been wanting to do the tour for some time and I am SO glad we did it. We learned a lot about history, mental health, architecture, and the Kirkbride philosophy. Very educational and interesting! Our tour guide Catherine was amazing! It was well worth the time and money and we had a beautiful day for the tour.
Written May 19, 2024
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Bridgette M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We took the two hour tour with Joe. My travel partners and I all agreed that he was both passionate and entertaining. The information he shared was obviously heart felt. We learned so much about the asylum and the people who worked and resided there. The hospitals approach to patient care will leave you with much to ponder. The two hours flew by.
Written May 14, 2024
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Gloria K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
Juniper Garden Club toured the State Hospital with a tour guide whose Dad worked there as an attendant for 30 years. Her personal stories will be treasured. Many of the attendants brought patients to their homes for a break. Over the years, the doctors abandoned treatment methods to try other more effective treatments. Some worked some didn't. There are no balconies on the front of the building because they didn't want victors taking pictures of patients and treating them like zoo animals.
Written May 11, 2024
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MaKayla S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We did the 2 hour tour with Sean and he went above and beyond! Amazing tour guide and his knowledge was incredible! We learned so much and enjoyed our time.
Written May 2, 2024
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Robert R
Grand Rapids, MI120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What a tour, Catherine (I hope that how she spells her name) gave us the two hour tour. Since she grew up in Traverse City she had first hand knowledge of riding her bike to the facility, walking through the yards plus interacting with patients who would walk to town. Some of her stories of people spending most of their lives there. Surprise on how people were sent to the place and why. Her stories covering how the place was build, how long it took to build, how they place was self sufficient making their own power and heat were interesting. Be advised it is a walking tour with half being outside. There is rough terrain and small hills to climb along with a tunnel you walk in at the end so make sure you are up to this trip.
Written April 5, 2024
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Sandra Chuck S
Holland, MI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We took the walking tour with guide and she was fantastic. It was interesting and very informative. So glad we decided to take it in.
Written March 3, 2024
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joani e
New Hudson, MI6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our asylum tour was great! Joe, our guide was so knowledgeable and interesting. We highly recommend this historical tour!
Written March 3, 2024
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Meg R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Some girlfriends & I planned an early February TC long weekend & didn’t have any concrete plans. After doing wineries & shops on Friday, we decided we’d try the Traverse City State Hospital tour on Sunday before we headed back home & it did not disappoint. Our tour guide Joe was incredible & had lots of information to share about how the hospital came to be, how it operated & why it eventually closed & what the plans are for it in the future. We got to see a unique perspective we otherwise would have never known & it was well worth the tour fee.
Written February 5, 2024
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Michael I
Fayetteville, GA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
SHAWN DELIVERS A MASTERFUL TOUR of the former asylum. Trusting on the experiences of her parents and grandparents as former hospital employees, as well as collective historical notes, Shawn conducted a rousing overview of the buildings and legacy of the complex. Whether walking the grounds in frigid Michigan winter weather or wandering former underground steam tunnels, we felt the spirit of patients and staff who comingled under expectations of kindliness and human dignity. BRAVO, SHAWN!!!
Written January 23, 2024
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Carla G
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This place is awesome! So much history here. Our tour guide, Catherine, was so fun and informative. I can’t recommend this tour enough.
Written December 31, 2023
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Thank you for the wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear of your great experience on our tour - hope to welcome you back in the future !
Written January 18, 2024
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