Oakhurst Experience

Oakhurst Experience is currently closed. Minnetrista plans to reopen our indoor experiences to members on October 2 and will reopen to the public on October 10.

Oakhurst Readings

While Oakhurst Experience is currently unavailable you can still enjoy a story from our Oakhurst Experience collection!

“When The Root Children Wake Up”

“Betty’s Dollhouse”

“Betty Ball Takes the Train”

“Helen, Betty, and the Treehouse”

“Mother’s Hat Party”

“Elisabeth in Fairyland”

A reimagined experience of the Oakhurst Home tells the story of the George and Frances Ball family through the eyes of their daughter, Elisabeth, “Betty”. With an emphasis on literacy, canning, gardens, and family, visitors will explore the historical Ball family home full of interactive experiences. Learn the history of the home, the stories of the family, and experience the value of time spent together

Hours & Admission

Wednesday & Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday; 2-8 p.m.

Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Non-members – $5

Members and kids 3 and under – Free

Members can go straight into the Oakhurst home, all other attendees, please check in at the main building.

Major Funding Provided By:


This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services




Canning Heroes Game

Canning Heroes was created through an immersive learning collaboration between Ball State University and Minnetrista, led by Dr. Paul Gestwicki, Professor, Computer Science Department (BSU) and George Buss, VP of Visitor Experience (Minnetrista).  The original version of the game was developed for installation on a multitouch surface in the Oakhurst Home, and this special edition was rebuilt so our community can become a “Canning Hero” in their own homes.

The multidisciplinary undergraduate team won a 2019 Serious Play Silver Award in the student division as well as first place in the Student Showcase at the 2019 Consortium for Computer Sciences in Colleges Midwest conference. For its work on the project, Minnetrista was chosen as Ball State University’s 2020 Outstanding Community Partner Award honoring the organization’s role as a co-educator dedicated to mutually beneficial, reciprocal partnerships.

Enjoy Canning Heroes: Special Edition!