The original Meow Wolf, a unique art experience in Santa Fe, is taking its first steps to branch out into other cities. The first city to receive a Meow Wolf will be Denver, Colorado, in a project estimated to cost more than $60 million with an opening date of 2020. It will be located on the property of Elitch Gardens amusement park.
Meow Wolf opened its first permanent location in Santa Fe in 2016. The unique art museum/exhibit/experience quickly gained in popularity with four time more visitors, than expected, paying to experience Meow Wolf in its first year. The quick shot to fame now has the company looking to expand to other cities. Prior to 2016, Meow Wolf rented spaces to present its unique and alternative art and music scene to Santa Fe visitors and residents.
In 2015, author and screenwriter George R. R. Martin (of Game of Thrones fame) pledged $2.7 million to renovate and lease a vacant bowling alley in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to create a permanent facility for Meow Wolf. The city of Santa Fe contributed an additional $50,000 and another $100,000 was raised in a crowd funding campaign. The Meow Wolf Art Complex opened March 17, 2016. Its main exhibit, “House of Eternal Return”, received a 2017 Themed Entertainment Attraction (TEA) Award for “Excellence in Connected Immersion.” The TEA awards are usually dominated by big companies like Disney and Universal, making the award all the more prominent.
The new 90,000-square-foot building for Meow Wolf will be located on 3.75 acres. The exhibit will be three times larger than the one in Santa Fe.
Meow Wolf has plans to expand into more cities, which will be announced at a later date.
For those who haven’t visited Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, here is a video showing the type of immersive art experience you can have:
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