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You Can Now Visit the Studio Where Bob Ross Created ‘The Joy of Painting’

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by Eben Diskin Nov 5, 2020

We could all use a calming presence in our lives right now, and nothing is more calming than watching Bob Ross give painting lessons. Bob Ross was an artist and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional TV program that aired from 1983 to 1994. Watching Ross paint his landscapes has become a favorite pastime of modern-day YouTube viewers looking to relax. Now, fans can also visit the studio in Indiana where the famous show was filmed.

The historic L.L. Ball home, part of the Minnetrista museum campus in Muncie, IN, was home to the show from 1983 to 1988, and since October 31 of this year, it has been open to visitors for a series of interactive experiences. Visit Indiana is refurbishing the studio, gathering objects from Ross’ life and career, and bringing The Joy of Painting to life once again.

According to the studio’s website, “The Bob Ross Experience will allow fans to explore the life, philosophy, and art of the iconic American painter inside the historic home where ‘The Joy of Painting’ was filmed. The immersive exhibit features original paintings and artifacts, inspiring visitors with Bob’s message of fearless creativity.”

The exhibit is welcoming visitors Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission costs $15 per person for non-Indiana residents and $8 for locals.

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