Meow Wolf opened its first permanent installation in 2016 in Santa Fe. Known as the “House of Eternal Return,” it instantly became a nation-wide sensation due to its interactive and unexpected exhibits.
What makes Meow Wolf so different than a typical art installation is that it’s not something you look at; it’s something you immerse yourself in. The exhibit creates a world that visitors walk through and engage with, allowing (and encouraging) interaction in a choose-your-own-adventure type experience, complete with secret passages and other hidden gems.
One of the most famous examples in Santa Fe is a washer/dryer that, when opened, reveals a slide that visitors can use to access a room of lost socks below. In this way, the experience of visiting Meow Wolf is different than anything before it.
The success has prompted more installations to be built around the country, including what’s called “Convergence Station” in Denver. Open last fall, it’s still relatively new, and fans are sure to make the trip to see it. Below, we help you plan the perfect Meow Wolf weekend in Denver.
How to Visit ‘Convergence Station’
Meow Wolf’s Denver location is known as “Convergence Station.” It’s a four-story, four-world exhibition with over 70 installations, rooms, and portals, including the beloved secret passages (hint: you should once again think about doing your laundry).
The name corresponds to the theme: The convergence of multiple universes, each represented by a different level in the exhibit. The main entrance area resembles a terminal, from which you are transported to the different worlds. You can read the entire backstory of the exhibit here.
How long you spend at Meow Wolf can vary greatly. There is more detail than you could ever examine in one visit, so some people feel the need to return again. However, most people are satisfied with an exploration of two to four hours.
If you really want to dive deep, consider purchasing the extra QPASS card experience. You can take the card to kiosks around the exhibit and it will unveil clues about the narrative, and give you a grounding story through which to explore this massive “phantasmagoria.”
In addition to the main exhibit, Convergence Station is also home to a small entertainment venue, where it hosts DJs and other musical acts. Check out the schedule and consider combining your visit with a show.
Where to Stay – Meow Wolf Hotel Package at The Maven
If your goal is to explore Denver while you check out Meow Wolf, the Maven Hotel is a great place to call home for the weekend. Not only does it have a very convenient and exciting location in downtown Denver, you’ll also receive a few perks via its Meow Wolf Hotel Package.
Use the code MEOWWOLF when booking your accommodations to receive transportation to and from Convergence Station, two Meow Wolf QPASS cards, a wooden coin (redeemable at Convergence Station for a surprise), and two free cocktails from Poka Lola Social Club in the Maven’s lobby. Note that the package does not include the tickets to Meow Wolf – you have to buy them separately (secure them first, then match your hotel dates to the ticket dates).
Beyond the package, the Maven is a good choice for a variety of reasons. The rooms feature high ceilings, large windows, and modern, loft-style décor, and the hotel is decked out with more than 400 pieces by Colorado artists.
It is 2 blocks from the Denver Union Station, which makes it easy to take the train from Denver International Airport (DIA) and walk to the hotel. It also puts you in the heart of downtown, just a block from Coors Field and within walking distance to anything and everything downtown Denver has to offer.
What to Do in Downtown Denver
The Maven’s downtown location puts you in prime position to explore the city on foot. Located in an area known as the “Dairy Block,” the neighborhood offers a nice mix of historical intrigue and modern indulgence.
Accessible via a walkway from the Maven’s lobby is the Denver Milk Market, which pays homage to the neighborhood’s history as the former home of Windsor Dairy, a large milk distributor. Today, it is a 16-vendor, all-local food hall with a wide range of offerings, including seafood stands, Mexican, boozy brunch, ice cream, and more.
Behind the hotel in a redesigned alleyway is the heart of the Dairy Block. The pedestrian-only walkway, accessible through the back doors of the Maven’s hotel lobby, is home to a variety of gems, such as Blanchard Family Wines, Run for the Roses (cocktail bar), Huckleberry Roasters (coffee), and LoDough Bakery.
There are many to choose from, but definitely don’t miss Deviation Distilling. It specializes in whiskey and gin – both made right there in Denver – with a menu full of tasting flights and specialty cocktails. What makes it even more special is that nearly all of its cocktail ingredients and mixers are also made in house. Don’t let this go unnoticed or underappreciated.
Pro tip: Sit at the bar and ask for Tiago, the mastermind behind the mixology and an expert local forager. Whether you’re tasting the flights or looking for a cocktail, he can walk you through the process of their creation. We humbly recommend the Mountain Herb Gin – the mix of native juniper, white sage, rosemary and spruce tips is perfect for the cool, refreshing Rocky Mountain evenings.