The Meow Wolf Experience -

Have you ever had one of those dreams, where you’re wandering through a stranger’s house? It’s eerie and beautiful, but somehow wrong. Floorboards creak and a weird humming comes from somewhere below. On instinct, you open a closet door and find yourself stepping into a trans-dimensional wonderland. Oh, but the dream doesn’t end there…

If you’re one of the 500,000+ people who have explored the surreal interactive mega-installment known as Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return every year since it opened in March of 2016, you’ve not only dreamed it, you’ve experienced it. And the experience, as any fan will tell you, is exactly the point.

Whether you’re an amateur sleuth, drawn by the mystery that pervades the house, via clues left behind by the missing tenants, or an avid experience junkie looking for a stimulation fix, Meow Wolf delivers. There’s something for everyone hidden in the most unusual places of the sprawling 20,000-foot installation. Secret passages and portals to the unknown abound, but it’s the details of the house itself that truly inspire.

“The black and white kitchen is my favorite,” says one eager young visitor, while waiting in line for entry. Another interjects, “Yeah, but have you seen the bathroom with the weird floor and the kid swimming in the toilet pipe?” The third, a young lady with glasses and a studious manner, says quietly, “I just want to solve the puzzle, this time.”

Repeat visits, it seems, are as common as school holidays, lending weight to the installation’s name. “We come here every time we’re in Santa Fe,” says one couple visiting from Las Cruces. “Probably two or three times a year. We’re hooked!”

Those repeat visits are made all the more possible with the Meow Wolf Santa Fe Portal Pass, which unlocks one Earth year of entry to mind-bending immersive art exploration. Also included for passholders are discounts on food, drinks, merch, and additional tickets, plus universal bragging rights after you visit 83,000.345 times.

Located in what has lovingly been referred to as “the real Santa Fe,” Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return sits within an abandoned bowling alley and can best be described as an interactive and immersive art gallery. Portals to the unknown are the main draw, but even the most mundane furnishings seem to play with spatial perspectives that cause your brain to question reality.

Visually, the installment is stunning. Mirrors and lights play a huge part in creating the atmosphere. At times it’s like being inside a blacklight poster, at others, on a science fiction movie set. Take the wrong turn and you could end up in a room filled with glowing eyeballs, or a neon forest, stocked with colorful fish.

But look closer at the details. True artistry goes into every square inch, whether it be a handwritten diary filled with pages of entries or posters and signs written in an alien script. Every nook and cranny has a purpose, or at least a surprise. And every discovery feeds into the overall theme of impossible physics that pervades the house.

There aren’t many places in the world where one can have a truly dreamlike experience while awake. Meow Wolf, with its weirdly surreal and topsy-turvy pop experimentalism is one of those. You will want to go early, however, as the installation fills up fast with space-time astronauts and excited children. Most people are courteous, but you may have to wait to push buttons, open drawers, or view a video.

All of which you should definitely do, because in a Meow Wolf experience, adventure awaits in the most unexpected of places. For more information about The House of Eternal Return, visit the website.

This article was posted by David Salcido

Please Share!

LaDonna Harris: Indian 101 Documentary

The subject of Brannum’s documentary is the captivating and hugely inspirational LaDonna Harris, a Comanche activist and national stateswoman. She is a natural politician in the best sense of the word—a woman transformed by her circumstances and innate abilities into a highly effective public servant. Acoma Pueblo member Brian D. Vallo, currently a director at the School for Advanced Research, introduced Harris as a “visionary leader” who has “dedicated the majority of her life to engaging individuals, tribes, and especially the federal government, using indigenous methodology,” to increase public awareness of … Read More

Books From the Land of Enchantment

New Mexico has long inspired storytellers. From the early native people who passed down stories to their descendants to tellers of cuentos, Spanish Colonial tales, followed by a steady stream of novelists, poets and nonfiction authors, the region has provided a profound sense of creativity, with majestic mountains, endless views, a unique blend of cultures and remote ruggedness. Writers have long been drawn to New Mexico, and they’ve extolled the region in novels, poetry, essays, articles, plays, nonfiction and more.  … Read More

Snow Trax 5 | Wolf Creek
Overview of Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek & Pagosa Springs: A Visit to the White Realm By Snowsports Journalist Daniel Gibson | Count me among the most fortunate of in our corner of the world, as I just returned from a ski outing to Wolf Creek and the charming town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado. On the drive north, we entered the white realm as we reached the higher elevations near Chama, after climbing out of the stunning orange, yellow, and tan sandstone cliff and mesa … Read More

Featured Things To Do