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A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma

A Nerdy Places Feature: Meow Wolf

By MJ Wilke

What do you get when you put an art collective and a master fantasy writer in an empty warehouse? Answer: The House of Eternal Return.


Meow Wolf – The House of Eternal Return is so unique it’s almost indescribable. It’s a fun house, art exhibit, music venue, children’s learning center, family amusement park, mystery house, and portal to magical worlds. Fundamentally, it is an attraction, and the ticket prices reflect that.


Two creative forces came together to produce this attraction: Meow Wolf and George R. R. Martin. Meow Wolf is an art collective composed of 200 artists across all disciplines of art, architecture, video production, music, and more. Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin, the building’s owner, offered his own unique guidance and support.


As you approach the location just southwest of downtown Santa Fe, you’ll find an unassuming building in a warehouse district – but the giant spider and wolf sculptures, along with the crowd, tell you that you’re in the right spot. What lies await inside is a Victorian-style house, just the touchstone of a multiverse that exists behind it.


Walking up, down, and through this warehouse building, with its eternal return of passageways and buildings within buildings within buildings, is what you’d imagine it would be like if Scooby Doo had a crossover episode with The Twilight Zone. It’s fun, goofy, and vibrant, yet definitely off-kilter and a touch mind-bending.


Like in “Alice in Wonderland” or “The Chronicles of Narnia,” we get to step through a portal into a fantastical world. Yet unlike Alice and Lucy, we don’t just go to one world, we continue discovering and going through portals into a multiverse of unique fantastic realms.


There are no maps, no directions – you choose your path; you explore to find your way. And you have to find the path, whether it’s the fireplace, the refrigerator, or like Narnia the wardrobe that is your secret passageway into fantastic dimensions. There are over 70 different rooms in this multiverse. Sight, sound, touch, texture – all of these create unique experiences in the different areas. You could walk into a school bus upended, or a psychedelic treehouse made of carpet.


Ever dreamt of walking through a wardrobe into another world? Here’s your chance.


To see more Nerdy Places in New Mexico or across the country see Nerdy Places. 

Meow Wolf


1352 Rufina Circle

Santa Fe, NM 87507

The house that George built. It is an art collective’s fun house, a plus sized Victorian house with secret passages and portals within a warehouse, and George R.R. Martin is the landlord. Can be described as a physical manifestation of a sci-fi mystery spot type story.

If you want to explore all the possible combinations of passages and look at all the art you are immersed in plan a half day.

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