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Review: House of Eternal Return

House of Eternal Return, Santa Fe, NM

No, this isn't a book review; it's a review for a mind blowing art installation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What makes this interactive installation so appealing is visitors get to unleash their inner Fox Mulder to figure out its supernatural mystery. Participants wander at will, puzzle out the story, and piece together the narrative. What really happened in this mysterious house? What were its inhabitants up to? And... if I tell you anymore, I'll ruin the surprise.

So here's what I can tell you.

House of Eternal Return is part of a 33,000 square foot space for artists. Once a bowling alley, the building was purchased by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and houses an artists' cooperative, which coordinated on the House of Eternal Return.

More importantly, House of Eternal Return is awesome. (It's actually the first time I've really enjoyed modern art, largely due to its paranormal puzzle aspect).

House of Eternal Return

It's also massive. "Read everything," the ticket taker told me. "Even the mail." But I couldn't read it all -- I would have been there all night. (I did read the letters though. An invitation to read someone else's mail? How could I turn that down?). If you read/watched everything, you'd have to spend over 100 hours in the installation, but I don't think you have to read everything to figure this story out.

FYI, it's fun for kids as well - I saw kids a plenty having a blast while their parents puzzled out the creepy clues.

House of Eternal Return

They've also decorated for Halloween, so if you can stop by in October, it's got an even spookier "haunted house" atmosphere.

House of Eternal Return, Santa Fe

About the Author

Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending mystery, urban fantasy, and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.


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