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Best Immersive Art Experience (2021)

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Enjoying art these days doesn’t always mean gazing at paintings on a wall. These 10 interactive art spaces offer multi-sensory experiences meant to immerse you within the art itself. 

  • AREA15

    AREA15
    Las Vegas

    AREA15 calls itself an “immersive playground,” featuring art installations, an interactive distillery, flight simulator, immersive sound and light spaces, axe throwing, arcade games and AR experiences. A highlight of the space is the new installation from Meow Wolf known as Omega Mart.
    Photo courtesy of AREA15

  • Wonderspaces Arizona

    Wonderspaces Arizona
    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.
    Photo courtesy of Charles Darr, Plume by Ian Brill

  • Seismique

    Seismique
    Houston

    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.
    Photo courtesy of Seismique

  • Prismajic

    Prismajic
    Denver

    Jen Mosquera and Eric Jaenike, the artistic duo behind Prismajic, bring immersive, interactive experiences to Denver that combine visual art and digital technology. The current installation, Shiki Dreams, takes visitors on a spiritual journey through a virtual reality forest.
    Photo courtesy of Prismajic

  • WNDR Museum

    WNDR Museum
    Chicago

    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 recently reopened with a fully touchless experience.
    Photo courtesy of New Pixel Films

  • House of Eternal Return

    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.
    Photo courtesy of Meow Wolf

  • Otherworld

    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.
    Photo courtesy of Otherworld

  • ARTECHOUSE

    ARTECHOUSE
    Washington, DC

    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.
    Photo courtesy of ARTECHOUSE

  • Factory Obscura

    Factory Obscura
    Oklahoma City

    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.
    Photo courtesy of Factory Obscura

  • City Museum

    City Museum
    St. Louis

    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.
    Photo courtesy of City Museum

The top 10 winners in the category Best Immersive Art Experience are as follows:

  1. AREA15 - Las Vegas
  2. Wonderspaces Arizona - Scottsdale, Arizona
  3. Seismique - Houston
  4. Prismajic - Denver
  5. WNDR Museum - Chicago
  6. House of Eternal Return - Santa Fe, New Mexico
  7. Otherworld - Columbus, Ohio
  8. ARTECHOUSE - Washington, DC
  9. Factory Obscura - Oklahoma City
  10. City Museum - St. Louis

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning art spaces!

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