The following is a transcript of the USA Today article linked below. Be sure to give them a click!
Enjoying art doesn’t have to mean gazing at paintings on a wall. These 10 interactive art spaces, voted as the best by USA TODAY 10Best readers, offer multi-sensory experiences that are meant to immerse you within the art itself.
No. 10: Flutter – Los Angeles, California. Flutter calls itself “a mini-vacation into a worry-free zone” or “a spa day for your heart and soul.” This multi-sensory installation in Los Angeles features a series of rooms, each curated by a different contemporary artist.
No. 9: Otherworld – Columbus, Ohio. Otherworld, an immersive art experience in Columbus, occupies a 32,000-square-foot space with 47 rooms of interactive art, secret passageways and mixed reality playgrounds. More than 40 artists contributed to the project, with backgrounds in everything from creative writing to digital fabrication.
No. 8: City Museum – St. Louis, Missouri. Housed in the 600,000-square-foot former warehouse of the International Shoe Company, the St. Louis City Museum has a bit of everything – the world’s largest jungle gym, a 10-story spiral slide and a rooftop garden with stellar views of the city. Some 20 artists created the large-scale features of this interactive museum well before the term ‘immersive art’ became a thing.
No. 7: ARTECHOUSE – Washington, D.C.Washington‘s ARTECHOUSE isn’t your typical art gallery. Instead, it’s an immersive, interactive space designed for showcasing experimental, large-scale installations by the world’s most cutting-edge artists. The company also operates spaces in New York City and Miami Beach.
No. 6: House of Eternal Return – Santa Fe, New Mexico. Meow Wolf’s first project, the House of Eternal Return, features 70 rooms of interactive art, tied together by the mystery of the Selig family who disappeared from their Victorian manor. Choose your own path through the space, where walking, crawling and climbing are acceptable.
MEOW WOLF / PHOTO BY KATE RUSSELL
No. 5: Factory Obscura – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This art collective in Oklahoma City crafts immersive experiences made to “awaken wonder, build community and make the world better.” The 6,000-square-foot space houses rotating installations. Mix-Tape, the current experience, took nearly a year to design and install by a team of some 30 artists.
No. 4: WNDR Museum – Chicago, Illinois. The WNDR Museum hosts immersive art and technology installations from artists, studios and collectives from around the region and the globe. The museum seeks to inspire “joy, curiosity and creativity” and created a fully touchless experience in 2021.
NEW PIXEL FILMS
No. 3: Superblue Miami – Miami, Florida. Superblue Miami is a brand-new immersive installation created by a team of experimental artists. In this space directly across from the Rubell Museum, be enveloped in light, wander through a maze of mirrors and become engrossed in a digital environment.
No. 2: Seismique – Houston, Texas. Visitors to Seismique in Houston can explore more than 40,000 square feet of immersive art – the collaborative work of more than 30 artists. The west side “museum” has some 40 rooms, including a rain room and an all-ages jungle gym, meant to be explored in an open-form way.
No. 1: Wonderspaces – Scottsdale, Arizona. This year-round art show highlights immersive artwork from around the globe. At any given time, visitors can explore more than a dozen installations that explore color, light, sound and abstract narratives. You can also find Wonderspaces in Austin, Philadelphia and San Diego.