Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of those incredible places that no matter how much we talk about it or how many photos and videos we show you, you really can’t grasp the magnitude and extravagance of it all. This is another one of those places that Hayden came across that really knocked it out of the park.
Meow Wolf is a permanent art installation which takes you on this aural and visual hands-on experience that is tightly coupled with an intriguing storyline that you are left on your own to figure out. If the name Meow Wolf seems weird, you are not alone. According to their website, they literally threw a bunch of random words into a hat and picked two out to come up with the name of the installation. And thus, Meow Wolf was born.
When you first enter the area, you’re standing outside of a two story house with an expansive porch. We were told that our first clue to figuring out the storyline was in the mailbox, so we pulled out all of the cards and began reading through them. Without getting too deep into the story and possibly ruining it for others, we learned that there was a disappearance involving a child that happened under extremely peculiar circumstances and it is up to you to learn the story of what happened.
Entering the home, nothing really appears to be out of the ordinary. You walk right into a living room with a fish tank, couch, and the TV still on. We noticed there were some papers on the coffee table and were encouraged to look through everything and anything, so we read through them without learning too much. We weren’t really sure where to begin or what to do when all of a sudden someone got down and crawled through the fireplace, disappearing without a trace. We decided to follow suit and when we came out the other side, we were not prepared for what was next.
Everything was colored in a bright neon pink paint and there was an incredible ambient soundtrack being piped in through the speakers. Most everything is interactive and we found that by touching items or pressing on them, we could interact with the lights, music, and many more possibilities. This was just the beginning of a two-hour adventure that had us walking through refrigerators, climbing out of dryers, interacting with smoke and lasers, and so much more.
Ultimately, we did not figure out the entire story that was unfolding as I think we were just too blown away by everything that Meow Wolf has to offer. Every time we thought we were completely finished with an area, we would find a new door, or hidden passageway, or tunnel that needed to be gone through. Aaron did come close to figuring out the code for the safe in the office and had the correct number, just not the correct amount of digits. We feel like we could go back, spend an additional 2 hours there, and have a completely different experience and it’s possible we still may not find out the rest of the story. If you’re going to be near Santa Fe, check this place out, just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to fully explore all of the nooks and crannies.