An opening date is finally known for “Omega Mart.”
Meow Wolf announced on Tuesday that Feb. 18 will mark opening day for its second installation in Las Vegas, Nevada. Its first, “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.
Visitors will soon be able to experience more than 100 custom items such as Impact Corn, Caltucky Freedom Glaze, and Americanized Beef.
Musical and visual artists such as Amon Tobin, Shrine, and Android Jones are among the 50-plus collaborators working to create the mind-bending experience.
In Santa Fe, Meow Wolf artists helped return life to the former Silva Lanes 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 6 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 pre-purchase for $45 for General Admission ($40 Children/Seniors / Military), and $35 for Nevada Residents ($30 Children / Seniors / Military). Attendees will be required to pre-book a time slot for entry.
Tickets are available at omegamart.com.