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Santa Fe’s Meow Wolf is planning to transport audiences to fantastic realms with their latest installation
Inside the exhibit. Photo courtesy of the City of Sante Fe.
Inside the in-progress installation. Photo courtesy of the City of Sante Fe.

There’s something weird going on in Santa Fe. And in a town known as The City Different, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd.

But that’s exactly what the folks behind Meow Wolf, an arts production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences, aim to do with their first permanent installation, The House of Eternal Return.

The interactive art experience is Meow Wolf’s follow-up to their wildly successful The Due Return. “House Of Eternal Return is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” says George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones creator and supporter of the project.

More than 100 artists are involved in creating 70 different individual immersive spaces, a 300-person music venue, an arcade with 14 games, four tree houses, an interactive cave system and more. The exhibition takes audiences of all ages into a world of exploratory imagination by way of a radical new form of storytelling where guests are immersed in an art experience that unfolds through an interactive and magical narrative.

Visitors are invited to take their own path through the 20,000-square-foot Victorian mansion — and this isn’t just another sleepy art show: You walk through the entry and stand in the front yard of a Victorian home. All is quiet except for the chirping of crickets. Entering the house, you see the living room where the uncle of the family often snoozes, but mystery builds when, in the dining room, you see scorch marks and a chandelier askew, caught in some corkscrew of time. The house and the family that lived there have been hit by a break in the time-space continuum, with wormholes attaching to the house that transport visitors through both time and space. Get ready to walk, climb and crawl as you explore the mystery.

Or as Vince Kadlubek, CEO of Meow Wolf, says: “We will take people inside a sci-fi novel.”

If you go:

The experience opens to the general public on March 18. Visit meowwolf.com to learn more.

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