Welcome to Minnetrista!

Your Minnetrista experience has already started on our Web site! We’re glad you’re here, and look forward to seeing you in person! Minnetrista is a museum center for cultural exploration. We offer exhibits and programs for children, families, adults, scouts, teachers, and students that focus on nature, history, gardens, and art.

Minnetrista’s forty-acre campus includes beautiful gardens, a modern museum facility, historic homes, Nature Area, numerous sculptures, and a portion of the White River Greenway.


We envision a thriving community where people who call this region home take pride in its accomplishments and aspire to a brighter future. (Excerpted and adapted from quotes by Ed Ball)


Minnetrista is the home of the Ball Jar; a gathering place and catalyst for community engagement. We create shared experiences that connect people, leading to a better quality of life.

Minnetrista Values

Family & Relationships Minnetrista treasures shared experiences. From our founders to our visitors, from our employees to our community partners and supporters, we champion the power of growing together.

Adaptability Minnetrista creates experiences that reflect the organization yet anticipate the needs and exceed the expectations of our ever-changing audience. As an organization, we are nimble and quick to respond to opportunities and challenges.

Stewardship Following in our founders’ footsteps, we care for, preserve and protect that with which we have been entrusted so that those who follow us can continue the legacy. Minnetrista will continue to be a strong and sustainable asset that supports economic development for our community.

Entrepreneurship Minnetrista will embrace a culture of innovation and risk-taking that responds responsibly to opportunities that advance our vision, mission and strategic goals.

Learning We celebrate learning experiences that are fun and engaging, encourage visitors to explore their world, and educate through discovery and play.