Experiencing art through immersion is more popular than ever. There is no right or wrong way to do it, and immersive experiences can feel more welcoming than shuffling through a passive museum setting. Don’t know where to start? Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite immersive art experiences to check out—after you visit Meow Wolf, of course.
Foresta Lumina in Quebec, Canada
Summer nights in Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook (Quebec, Canada) allow visitors to escape into a magically illuminated walking trail known as Foresta Lumina. There, you’ll be immersed in magical displays of light and sound highlighting the natural scenery. Moment Factory was commissioned in 2014 to create a custom adventure on a trail over 2km (1.5 mi), including projections, lighting, ambient sounds, interactive characters, and many other multimedia installations.
Babaroosa, coming to Vermont in 2024
Babaroosa is an immersive experience named after the babirusa, a spiral-tusked boar depicted in an Indonesian cave painting estimated to be about 45,000 years old. When the painting was discovered in 2017, experts determined it to be the world’s oldest figurative art. Babaroosa has a planned 2024 opening date in Vermont with a space containing over 60 rooms, all set to be multisensory and interactive, with iconic anchor spaces and other rooms that will change art periodically.
ARTECHOUSE DC in Washington, D.C.
ARTECHOUSE was founded in 2015, and opened their first permanent location in Washington, D.C. in 2017, near the National Mall and Smithsonian Museums. ARTECHOUSE DC is an unusual art destination for the area, welcoming all-ages to experience immersive art extending to an XR (extended-reality) mobile app. This invites visitors to experience all of the technology-driven art they have to offer, whether they are online or not.
Otherworld in Columbus, Ohio
At Otherworld in Columbus, Ohio, you can be fully immersed in an offbeat art experience where visitors find themselves as a volunteer at “Otherword Industries” and are left alone to explore. The space includes 47 rooms featuring work from 40+ collaborating artists to bring this new world of science fiction and fantasy to life.
Superblue Miami in Miami, Florida
For a more unusual stop in Miami, visit Superblue’s 50,000-square-foot space filled with immersive light-based displays, a mirror labyrinth, and—currently—Massless Clouds Between Sculpture and Life, which invites visitors to interact with clouds in an ever-changing installation. Open for just over a year, this immersive art experience is quickly becoming a Miami must-see.
The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri
Located in a 10-story, 600,000-square-foot warehouse in downtown St Louis, visitors are encouraged to “explore the unexpected.” Much of the The City Museum has been made out of found and repurposed materials and objects, creating an unusual immersive experience for all ages—not your typical children’s museum.