As I opened the fridge to check out the bizarre drink selection, a puff of air hit me in the face. I was suddenly staring into a tunnel feeling like Alice in Wonderland. What would lie the other side?
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What is Meow Wolf?
Meow Wolf is an arts and entertainment group based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With over 200 employees, there are too many projects and collaborations to list here, but they are known for their immersive and interactive experiences that mix the art of various mediums.
They currently have two permanent exhibits in Santa Fe and Las Vegas, a ride in Denver, and another massive space opening in Denver in late 2021. We were excited to see their new Omega Mart open at AREA15 in Las Vegas.
SPOILERS AHEAD: Part of the fun was not knowing what you’ll find behind each door or tunnel. Though we’re not going to give everything away, there are some spoilers. If you want it to be a surprise, skip this post until after your visit. If you’re more of a planner and want to know what to expect, read on.
Meow Wolf Las Vegas
Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart is the anchor exhibit of AREA15, one of the newest attractions in Las Vegas, and a commentary on consumer culture.
The Omega Mart store is where you enter, but the entire exhibit spans 52,000 square feet. You could wander and explore the place all day considering how massive it is.
My favorite part was watching the different characters. We were watching them. They were watching us. Felt sus.
I get scared easily (even the dark kiddy rides at Disney freak me out). I half expected some of the actors to pop out at us, but luckily, it wasn’t that kind of experience.
Overall, the experience is trippy and feels like you’re in an alternate universe. I’m pretty sure we spotted one person actually tripping.
Meow Wolf Tickets & Hours
Omega Mart is open all week and has different hours than AREA15.Monday to Thursday: 3 pm – 10 pm Friday: 3 pm – 12 am Saturday: 10 am – 12 am Sunday: 10 am – 10 pm
You can buy tickets online here. Tickets sell out so be sure to book early. They are priced as follows:General Admission: $45 NV Residents: $35 Children (ages 5-13): $40 NV Resident Children: $30 Children under 4 are free
Getting to Meow Wolf Las Vegas
Omega Mart is located at:
3215 S. Rancho Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89102
There is plenty of free parking on-site at AREA15 for regular vehicles. They also have dedicated ride-share drop-off areas.
Making the Most of Your Meow Wolf Visit
You should plan to arrive 10 minutes before your ticketed time. They will have signage, but the line starts in Art Island (the outdoor art display in front of the main entrance to AREA15). To help speed up the process, be sure to have your QR code ready.
Keep in mind that if you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your time slot, you’ll have to speak with an Omega Mart clerk to see if they can still accommodate you.
What You Should Bring
Nothing! Well, you should bring your phone, car keys, and mask, but beyond that, try not to bring anything else. When they bring you inside, they ask you to empty your pockets so they can scan you with a metal detector.
They have strict rules on what you can’t bring inside, including strollers, backpacks, large bags, outside food or drinks, weapons, and cameras (any DSLRs and even go pros). That last one is the big one people miss, and we saw multiple people run back to their car to put their cameras away. Coat check is meant only for coats and nothing valuable.
How long does it take to walk through Meow Wolf?
Your ticket allows you to spend as much time as you want inside Omega Mart, but there is no re-entry. So if you have tickets to other exhibits in AREA15, be sure you give yourself plenty of time.
We recommend setting aside at least 2 hours to walk through Omega Mart. You can quickly walk through the entire space in 30 minutes or you can easily spend all day there. We kept discovering new portals and secret passages throughout our visit.
Get the 'Boop' Card
One of my favorite aspects of the Omega Mart experience is the narrative. To get started, find an Omega Mart employee and ask for a ‘boop’ card. I don’t want to ruin any surprises, so just ask them how to get started.
It’s not required to see all the exhibits, but it really gives it more context to the overarching story. Plus, since there is no specific flow of how to explore the place, it makes it less overwhelming to navigate the massive space.
Shop the Store and Grab a Drink
We found out as we were leaving, but everything in Omega Mart can be purchased. If you see anything you like, you can pick it up on the way out and have a piece of art just for yourself.
If you need a break, there’s also a bar located inside Omega Mart. They limit capacity and recommend you end there instead of starting there.
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