Albuquerque Journal

Oh!-mega Mart

Meow Wolf’s Las Vegas installati­on set to open Feb. 18

- BY ADRIAN GOMEZ JOURNAL ARTS EDITOR

An opening date is finally known for Omega Mart.

Meow Wolf announced Tuesday that Feb. 18 will mark opening day for its installati­on in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its first installati­on, “House of Eternal Return,” is located in Santa Fe.

More than 325 creatives have been involved with 250-plus unique projects inside the exhibition, which will have four themed areas and 60 additional unique environmen­ts, including installati­on-filled rooms, terrains, and portals to other worlds in true Meow Wolf fashion.

“We’re thrilled to launch our exhibition in Las Vegas next month,” said Corvas Brinkerhof­f, Meow Wolf co-founder and executive creative director of Meow Wolf Las Vegas. “We’ve been working tirelessly to complete the project and can’t wait to introduce audiences to an entirely new mode of storytelli­ng that is truly unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.”

Brinkerhof­f said Omega Mart is “America’s Most Exceptiona­l Grocery Store” and Meow Wolf’s most ambitious project to date.

In Santa Fe, Meow Wolf artists helped return life to the former Silva Lanes bowling alley in spring 2016 with the help of media impresario George R.R. Martin, best known for his “Song of Ice and Fire” series, which was the basis for the HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

The result was the art installati­on, “House of Eternal Return.”

By July 2018, attendance at the edgy arts installati­on hit 1 million visitors, driven mostly by word of mouth and a solitary billboard on Interstate 25 heading north from Albuquerqu­e.

The Las Vegas expansion is the latest. The arts collective is working on projects in Denver, Phoenix and Washington D.C.

Meow Wolf’s “Omega Mart” will open with COVID-safe practices including:

LIMITED CAPACITY: Omega Mart will operate at 25% capacity and tickets are available exclusivel­y online.

FACE MASKS: The State of Nevada requires all residents and visitors to wear a face covering.

TEMPERATUR­E CHECKS: AREA15 utilizes non-invasive thermal cameras at point of entry. Anyone displaying a temperatur­e over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and their entire group will not be allowed entry to the property.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: All visitors will need to practice social distancing and keep a minimum of six feet away from other groups and employees during their visit. Creative Operators will be available to help maintain protocol.

CLEANING & HVAC: The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased in all public spaces with an emphasis on frequent contact surfaces.

In addition to the above, Meow Wolf has implemente­d safety measures for staff and the exhibit.

Every day, in preparatio­n for guests, Omega Mart will undergo rigorous sanitizati­on. In addition, employees will undergo a health questionna­ire, receive daily temperatur­e checks and comprehens­ive COVID-19 safety and sanitizati­on training to ensure they understand and are confident in managing the physical distancing and hygiene aspects of their roles. There will be hand sanitizer dispensers placed at guest and employee entrances and throughout the exhibit. Omega Mart will make available non-latex gloves for employee and guest use.

Tickets are available for prepurchas­e for $45 for general admission; $40 for children, seniors and military members; $35 for Nevada residents, and $30 for Nevada residents who are children, seniors or military members. Attendees will be required to pre-book a time slot for entry.

Tickets are available at omegamart.com.

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COURTESY OF MEOW WOLF “Omega Mart” will open in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 18. This is Santa Fe-based arts collective Meow Wolf’s second location.
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COURTESY OF MEOW WOLF More than 300 creatives worked to get “Omega Mart” ready in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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