Meow Wolf Convergence Station- Denver

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Colorful spires reach up to a space-like sky. Atop the nearest spire is a statue of a praying mantis.
Another planet

Meow Wolf Convergence Station in Denver has its grand opening today. Last week, my family and friends got to explore a soft opening for employees’ families and friends. It gave all the new employees a chance to practice their training with a hopefully tolerant crowd. I thought it was a great idea since my oldest daughter is a Meow Wolf employee!

A fictional beast hangs from the ceiling.
A handsome beast from another world

If you are unfamiliar with the Meow Wolf concept, it is a building full of fantasy vignettes. Its website describes it as “… immersive, psychedelic, mind-bending art” with an “underlying rich narrative as you take a journey of discovery into a surreal, science-fictional epic.” Its story is non-linear, and I didn’t even try to figure it out, as I often didn’t see any relationship between the various rooms, and I wasn’t able to see it all.

In the foreground is a skinny quadruped. Above are dangling fancy round lights. In the background are  a lot of other things that I really can't describe.
There is an awful lot going on here!

There are lots of colors, music, and surprises at every turn. We spent most of our time in a three-story area with an open center and rooms all around.

Multicolor eyeballs hang down from the ceiling in elaborate stalks or phalanges.
The government is watching!

My daughter explained a little of the underlying story, and it involved an extinct civilization, and then I kind of lost the plot. The crowd was primarily young, and as I saw all the stairs, I wondered how people with mobility disabilities could explore. My daughter pointed out all the elevators, showing that they were more prepared than I thought. I wondered if autistic or sensitive people could handle the high sensory load.

I’m not going to lie, I liked the library! I am not going to discuss the slight resemblance to my TBR pile.

Meow Wolf thoughtfully is ready to supply sunglasses and noise-canceling headphones for those who need to tone down the experience. I was rather impressed by their efforts to make the installation accessible; I wish all businesses could aspire to think of the whole population when developing their plans. See here for a great description.

A sloth statute in soft, multi-colored tones sits in a nook. His eyes shine white lights.
What is a quiet guy like you doing in a place like this?

We were tired of the over-stimulation almost two hours into our visit. Somehow, we all managed to drift into the café for a beverage and a little quiet around the same time. My daughter insisted that before we left, we had to visit an unmarked room through a white door on the first floor. It was a blast! Inside was a light show. Unlike a concert, where lasers are shooting everywhere, it was more like a planetarium. Instead of projecting light-art onto the ceiling, the lights are projected onto the walls and floor. The scenes changed quickly enough that no one was bored, but it was the floor that fascinated most of us.

A black room is decorated with white tree line-drawings on the walls. On the floor are white streams of light generated by walking guests.
Light show with interactive floor lights.

The floor was interactive. In some scenes, you could see a “puddle” projected onto the floor. If someone jumped in it, “water” splattered everywhere! In other scenes, laser lights followed each footstep. There were several different ways that the guests could interact with the floor, and we all enjoyed it. The room doubled as Meow Wolf’s concert venue, which surprised me. It was small for a concert, but just the right size for everyone to feel like they were a part of the musical experience. I’ll bet it will be popular with the indie music crowd.

Lights above the stage are in multicolored rectangles. The stage backdrop looks like a row of glass windows, each coming to an elaborate peak.
Intimate concert stage

If you ever envy Alice getting to fall down the rabbit hole, and you want to experience something unexpected, then Meow Wolf is definitely for you! They have other installations, with totally different exhibits in Sante Fe and Las Vegas, too.

Artwork showing bright monochromatic figures on a dark background - a bit like a black-light poster. Here there is a small unicorn wolf in the lower right corner and various nature figures combine to make a large face.
Fantastic artwork
Artwork showing bright monochromatic figures on a dark background - a bit like a black-light poster. The main feature is a bird with large ears with wings spread. Below, a wolf eyes him, tongue out, scheming for a meal.
As a bird person, I had to enjoy this happy bird mocking the wolf below.

25 comments

  1. That is so cool. I would love to go there. My hubby is sci-fi fan so he would like it too. I especially like that library. 🙂

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  2. Mind boggling in every sense of the term. People who are subject to seizures should never go to one of these places. It would likely trigger a seizure. I don’t mind a quiet life. I think all of that would have made me sick at my stomach. The colors were neat but the conglomeration of it all made me wonder if they were on LSD. You must admit it is a most unusual imagination that thought that up and then what kind of mind would think it would “sell”. Obviously it does sell. Have I lived too long?
    All of that said, I am glad you had a day out that you enjoyed.

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    1. It is entirely possible that drugs were involved in the conception of some designs. 🤷🏻‍♀️who knows? I’m pretty sure their target market is a young adult crowd.

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  3. Very very cool place Karel….I love the Sitting statue alot. And the Book Room is fab!!! I have a small TBR pile myself hehehe!!
    I would need some sunglasses for sure but it would be a great experience…..
    And Meow Wolf!!what a FAB name!
    {{{hugs}}} BellaSita (Sherri-Ellen) & ***purrss*** BellaDharma

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    1. There were a few rooms that were calm, and I enjoyed those, appreciating respite. My daughter said there was a story about the sloth, but I didn’t hear it.

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        1. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and I can think of people that might react adversely to all the stimulation and lack of directional awareness clues. It was very easy to not know how to return to the elevators or to know how to get around. So it was definitely for the adventurers who don’t mind living with uncertainty! It took a few minutes to see what we were in for, and then we went with it and enjoyed it.

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