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Spooky Roadside Stops: Meow Wolf

Down The Rabbit Hole, We Go

Spooky Season has arrived! 

The wind is chilled, the leaves are changing, and through this period of transition, we find a reinvigorated sense of adventure. 

Happy Campers RV Rentals is here to inspire and encourage your new found Fall feelings! Let’s dig into the spirit of the season together, as we take you on a journey to some of the best Spooky Roadside Stops on the West Coast! It’s time to pack up your costumes, consolidate your candy, and hit the open road on a Halloween destination vacation. 

The fourth destination on our tour of Spooky Roadside Stops is the truly unique wondrously immersive world of Meow Wolf.

"Essentially, this is a series of rooms, each one impeccably designed to tell a story. They’re built for exploration — you won’t know where to look next and you could spend days checking out the intricate details. It’s multi-dimensional, with secret passageways, music and video, and art galore."

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A Brief History of Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf is not your average exhibit. This fully immersive artistic experience describes itself as a “mind-bending, explorable art experience.” It has also been affectionately described as a “funhouse for adults,” and a “part escape room, part eclectic art museum.” The difference with this museum is attendees are invited to step INSIDE of the artwork and experience entirely new worlds. 

Now established in three separate locations (Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Denver) Meow Wolf’s origins started at their flagship Santa Fe location, known as House of Eternal Return. The space consists of a 20,000 square-foot facility, where every room offers new and exciting immersive art installations. 135 artists came together to make House of Eternal Return a reality, and this permanent exhibition of over 70 rooms has attracted thousands of global visitors since its official opening in 2016.

Meow Wolf was formed in February 2008 as an artist collective by “a group of young residents hoping to supply Santa Fe with an alternative art and music venue.” At the first meeting of the collective, everyone present put two scraps of paper with a word on each one in a hat, and the first two scraps drawn became the name of the collective, Meow Wolf. Meow Wolf is a venue for artists who felt like they were on the outside of the Santa Fe art community. They wanted their own space to create. No rules, no hierarchy. No limitations. A group of self-proclaimed misfits came together in search of the ultimate creative synergy.

Meow Wolf Quick Facts

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    Game of Arts
    In a surprising twist, "House of Eternal Return" may not have existed today without the help of one man. That man was George R.R. Martin, author and creator of the Game of Thrones book series. In January 2015, Martin pledged $2.7 million to renovate the vacant bowling alley that would one day transform into Wonderland on earth.
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    House of Eternal Return: Backstory
    "House of Eternal Return" has a storyline based on the fictional Selig family, who disappeared after experimenting with interdimensional travel by tapping into a mysterious force known as "The Anomaly" in an effort to bring back deceased family members. This caused the house to fracture open paths to alternate dimensions. A secret government organization called the Charter was able to contain the Anomaly's effects and passes off the containment warehouse as an art installation. When you visit, be sure to explore the Selig family's house closely for hidden portals. We hear the washing machine does not dissapoint.
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    The Mystery is Built In
    Meow Wolf will not give any of its secrets away for free. This transcendent space was created specifically to invite interaction. Over 70 rooms are accessible for visitors to explore, but keep in mind, you may not even find them all! Visitors have expressed that after an entire day of investigating, the only way to truly take in every detail is to go back for multiple visits. Cabinets, walls, even the refrigerator open visitors to the next mystery.
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