I spent most of the day Thursday on a train. I spent about 3 hours today in a bowling alley. Well, a former bowling alley….
Welcome to Meow Wolf, a 20,000 square foot immersive, interactive art facility located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My Airbnb hosts in Las Cruces, NM told me about this place when I stayed with them Memorial Day weekend earlier this year. This facility represents the work of over 500 artists. A segment on National Public Radio called it “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on steroids” (and those of you who know me know how much I loved Pee-Wee’s Playhouse!).
Once inside you enter the Victorian-style home of the fictional Selig family.
And after that, nothing is quite what it seems. Over 70 rooms with colored lights (including black-lights), secret passages and tunnels. Guests are encouraged to open doors and drawers, listen at audio stations, and explore the mysteries of Meow Wolf. There was a laser-organ, which played different notes as people broke the light beams with their hands and arms. There were some rooms which were all in black and white. Some rooms had constantly changed colored lights which made the various painted surfaces change appearance. Enter the closet in an upstairs bedroom, take a spiral staircase down and crawl out from inside the fireplace in the living room.
I was standing in the kitchen reading a note on the refrigerator when two people walked up, said “excuse me”, opened the refrigerator door and disappeared inside it!
And there WERE people in white lab coats spying on us! They work here, and were scattered throughout the facility to answer questions and help anyone who might need assistance, although they left people alone unless they were spoken to.
I’ll post pictures in the future of people who were reading the note only to be surprised by other guests emerging from the refrigerator.
Meow Wolf is an amazing concept and I hope it spreads to other parts of the country. I took lots of pictures and will post more in the coming days. Not all of them turned out to my liking (inside, in dark rooms) but they should give you some idea what I experienced. It was really cool, and I’m glad my Airbnb hosts in Las Cruces told me about it.
Oh, and I won’t keep you in suspense waiting for this: