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Arts Collective Meow Wolf Creates Massive, Interactive, Story-telling House in Santa Fe

  • SANTA FE, New Mexico
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  • March 22, 2016

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Rendering, treehouses in "House of Eternal Return” by Caity Kennedy.
Meow Wolf

Santa Fe-based arts collective Meow Wolf has unveiled House of Eternal Return, a unique art experience featuring a wild new form of non-linear storytelling which unfolds through exploration, discovery and 21st century interactivity. The premise: Something has happened inside a mysterious Victorian house that has dissolved the nature of time and space. Venture through the house of The Selig Family, and discover secret passageways into fantastic dimensions.

Each visitor is invited to choose their own path through the exhibition, walking, climbing, and crawling through an imaginative multiverse of unexpected environments. The experience is appropriate for people of all ages, supplying children with a fantastic world to play within and giving adults a sophisticated artistic experience with narrative depth.

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House of Eternal Return is a permanent exhibition and the follow-up to Meow Wolf’s wildly successful exhibit The Due Return which opened at The Center of Contemporary Art in Santa Fe in 2011.

It tells the story of an incredible family from Mobile, Alabama in the midst of a dimensional rift. Locked away in their Victorian house are portals beyond time and space, leading into realms of magic, magnificence, and imagination. Who is this family? What happened in this house? Where do these portals lead? All these questions are answered through the exploration of Meow Wolf’s 20,000 sq. ft. exhibition.

Inside the arts complex with "House of Eternal Return"
Meow Wolf via Facebook

The 2.6-acre site also includes a community workspace called Make Santa Fe, a Learning Center, Project Space, Gift Shop and Performance Center.

Meow Wolf expects 100,000 visitors annually to House of Eternal Return, with the aim to become the premiere family attraction for both locals and tourists, and one of Santa Fe’s must-see art experiences, alongside SITE Santa Fe, Georgia O’Keefe Museum and The International Folk Art Museum.

Originally organized as an informal art collective in 2008 by a small group of dedicated Santa Fe artists, Meow Wolf has created 22 fully-immersive exhibits in 8 different cities across the United States, including San Antonio, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, and New York.


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