You’ve crawled up the chimney, fallen down the washing machine and braved the cool air of a refrigerator and suddenly, you’ve entered a bizarre new world. It’s one of those fantasies that has stayed with us since childhood. How could it not?
When we were kids we explored our place in existence by investigating the world around us. This never changed as we grew older, although perhaps we began to look within more.
What is out there that we don’t know about?
How is it connected to what we together hold inside? These are some of the questions answered by Meow Wolf. That said, we were rendered certifiably speechless while venturing through Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe.
To begin, the execution of Meow Wolf is remarkable, and considering those standing in support of this madcap museum, it’s easy to understand why. The House is Meow Wolf’s first permanent, multi-dimensional installation, launched in 2016 with support by Game of Thrones creator, George R.R. Martin.
Around every corner there lies an artistic (or engineering) feat to spark the curiosity of any age, and is a fresh reminder of how young at heart we can all be. The site’s surreal and maximalist portals to new lands, 21st century interactivity, and mind-bending performances manage not to feed into selfie culture while checking the high-brow boxes of critics.
A sort’ve cross between the Chocolate Factory and Cirque Du Soleil; Meow Wolf is indisputably experimental and blends genres like Cross Reality (AR/VR/MR), live performances, storytelling, sculptures, and more.
It would be easy to spend two hours perusing the House of Eternal Return, although families could spend full days in this place. As we looked around we noticed children mesmerized by the art, teenagers giggling with their friends, and even couples on first dates engaged by what is clearly an ideal hangout.
There is no need for words in the House! One of the highlights of the House is FLOAT— the eccentric Cafe and Bar where disco meets the singularity with extravagantly detailed costumes and drinks that can provide an escape if the experience becomes sensory overload. Walking into Meow Wolf was an experience that brought me back to some of my happiest times, where I’ve felt most at ‘home’ (dancing away at Electric Forest).
This is not an entirely sandbox experience. While you will notice some directional guidance, there is tons of freedom to interact at the level you please. Meow Wolf has the potential to be as thrilling or as laid back as you want it to be.