When we told people we were stopping in Santa Fe, NM, the most common question we were asked was…“Are you going to Meow Wolf?”
For those new to the art scene, Meow Wolf is an incredible, immersive art experience featuring over 70 rooms of explorable art. The Meow Wolf website describes the permanent art installation, House of Eternal Return, as “a macrocosmic adventure of seemingly endless possibilities” (meowwolf.com).
Trust us, Meow Wolf is not joking when they say “seemingly endless possibilities.” Upon entering the installation, we immediately felt disoriented – you don’t know where to look, where to start, or even how to move, because there’s SO much happening EVERYWHERE. Each of the rooms blends together into a cacophony of mismatched art, theme, and concept.
One second you’re in a bubble gum pink candy land that has the distinct smell of sugar, and the next, you’re in a florescent, fantastical rainforest with neon mushrooms and trees that take the idea of personification to a new extreme. Blink too fast and you’ll miss participants crawling out of a supposedly empty ice machine; look down, and realize that the washing machine in the corner is actually a portal to an out-of-this-world galaxy.
To be honest, it’s difficult to verbalize the onslaught of the senses that is Meow Wolf. Is it incredible? Yes. Is it an experience? Yes. Is it absolutely worth seeing? Yes. However, Meow Wolf is not for the faint of heart – it is a complete sensory experience!
If you ever plan on visiting, be sure to buy your tickets online in advance and arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time. At the time of purchase, you also have the option of adding on chromadepth glasses for $0.92 which enhance the psychedelic colors and lighting of the installation, as well as tokens ($4.61 per 5 tokens) that can be used at some of the machines at the arcade, photo booth, and storage lockers.
In the end, Joe and I are glad we paid the somewhat hefty price ($42 per ticket) to visit this wonderland of eccentricity! Meow Wolf left quite the impression – it was an experience we will never forget!