The 10 best surreal and immersive art experiences in the country


This summer, USA Today’s 10Best team asked readers to vote for the nation’s best immersive art experiences, places that don’t just hang paintings on a wall, but immerse viewers in the art.

Take Ohio’s Otherworld, for example, which came in at No. 9 in the top 10. Its 32,000 square foot expanse of interactive art features 47 interactive rooms, bioluminescent secret passages and otherworldly playgrounds, created by more than 40 artists.

Or New Mexico’s House of Eternal Return (#6), where art meets storytelling, courtesy of Meow Wolf, an artist collective turned entertainment company. The Santa Fe Project invites guests to walk, crawl and climb through 70 rooms of interactive art while unraveling the mysterious disappearance of the Selig family.

Some of these immersive and interactive exhibitions are also presented in several cities. You’ll find Wonderspaces in San Diego, Austin and Philadelphia, as well as Scottsdale, for example, and ARTECHOUSE’s large-scale installations in New York and Miami, as well as DC

This interactive art installation at ARTECHOUSE DC, with visual design by Yuya Takeda, seeks to inspire hope amid the global pandemic and fears of climate change. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Here are the top 10. Find details about these art spaces and other top 10 lists at

1. Wonderspaces, Scottsdale, Arizona

2. Seismic, Houston, Texas

3. Superblue Miami – Miami, Florida

4. WNDR Museum, Chicago, Illinois

5. Obscura Factory – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

6. House of Eternal Return, Santa Fe, New Mexico

7. ARTECHOUSE, Washington, D.C.

8. City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

9. Otherworld, Columbus, Ohio

10. Flutter, Los Angeles


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