When Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin gave $3.5 million to the art collective Meow Wolf to open a permanent funhouse in his hometown of Santa Fe in 2015, the public hadn’t quite yet embraced its current obsession with immersive environments. They’ve since become one of the most popular ways to experience art and culture, meaning the collective’s House of Eternal Return was a major crowd-pleaser. Another permanent location opened earlier this year in Las Vegas, and while the pandemic scuttled plans to open in Phoenix and Washington, DC, the collective recently unveiled a cosmic-themed funhouse in Denver that’s bigger than both the Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum.
The new attraction, called Convergence Station, promises to deliver hours of intergalactic mayhem within a substantial four-story exploratorium nestled between two freeway overpasses. Each floor represents a parallel universe that merged during a strange cosmic event in 1994. Visitors can traverse a frozen planet trapped in an ice age, a trash-strewn city, a network of catacombs, and a cavernous sixth-dimensional being. The lore zeroes in on the Quantum Department of Transportation, which opened the Convergence Station as an intergalactic tourist destination, but closed after suffering damage at the hands of strange weather events called memory storms. The memories of inhabitants within all four universes have since scattered throughout and become a valuable collectible currency.