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Forget what you think you know about art museums. Artechouse is Washington, D.C.’s first interactive digital art gallery with a first-of-its-kind innovative art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and immersive large scale installations by artists who are forerunners of the new age in arts and technology.
Bringing art, science, technology and creativity together, Artechouse creates an immersive, sensory art experience that really is a digital playground for all ages. Each installation is a unique one-of-a-kind experience.
Know Before You Go:
- Exhibits are not stroller friendly, but there is a coat room or lobby for stroller parking.
- No outside food or drink are allowed in the museum so get your snacks in before.
- Admission is timed so get your tickets in advance so you won’t be waiting around, especially if you plan to go on a weekend!
- Group rates available for parties of 10 or more.
- Kids of all ages will love the interactive exhibits (the younger adventurers may need a little help on some of the interactive components!)
- All Ages Daytime (10a.m. – 5p.m.) admissions and After Hours 21+ (5p.m. – 10:30p.m./11:30p.m.) admissions.
- Artechouse recommends allowing 45-60 minutes to fully experience New Nature. We stayed a little over an hour!
- For adventurer parents looking for a night out, a cocktail bar is open for evening and weekend admissions (21+).
- Convenient parking on street or garage next door.
AURORA: The Spirit of Northern Lights
December 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Artechouse continues to use creativity, technology and innovation to bring seasonal storytelling to new heights. The aurora borealis is within reach at Artechouse this winter! Call on your own winter powers and explore an arctic wonderland in Aurora: The Spirit Northern Lights.
The latest in Artechouse’s series of blockbuster seasonal shows takes its inspiration from the aurora borealis, a result of solar wind and a spectacular natural light display in the Earth’s sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions. This natural phenomenon has fascinated people for thousands of years, with hundreds of travelers flocking way up north for the elusive experience.
Aurora was designed and executed by Artechouse’s in-house creative team. It is also our favorite exhibition to date! There was a level of playfulness and festivity unlike any other exhibition. With the recent release of Disney’s Frozen 2, it was also a very popular exhibit with kids!
We LOVED the perfect blend of art, science and tech exploring this natural phenomenon. It opened up so many opportunities for conversations about the aurora borealis, but also color and light.
The exhibit includes an ice cavern, frosted forests and dancing skies. You step into an immersive and interactive world to find art installations that allow you to shape frost and move light as you discover your own winter powers.
Our friends at Artechouse invited us to check out the New Nature exhibit and we were impressed! The New Nature exhibit, by Marpi, is an interactive art exhibit of nature inspired creatures and plants.
The inspired images react in real-time to people’s gestures and actions! The use of art, science and technology keeps people of all ages engaged by the beauty and creativity.
The main gallery encompasses you in a floating creature with waves of color and relaxing movements. All exhibit goers can get into the fun by watching how their movements interact with the creature.
People can also download the New Nature app and “feed” the creature. The “food focused” creature’s movements increase as people feed it! There are benches and bean bags for relaxing and taking in all of the views.
There are also interactive displays of other nature inspired images that move and react by a wave of your hand. One can get truly transfixed by the images and all of the responsive technology!
Cherry Blossom Dream
Experience one of the area’s greatest traditions in a new light with Cherry Blossom Dream, currently running through May 6th, 2018. The main gallery envelops you in floating blossoms and swimming koi while waves of color dance across the walls mirroring movements in the room.
There are benches and bean bags for relaxing (or climbing for any toddlers in attendance). Feed the fish at the 3-D interactive sculpture ‘Koi Pie’ or light up ‘Lantern Alley’ as you make your way to ‘Bloom’. ‘Bloom’ allows users to expose hidden spring animations with a wave of a hand. The white paper swipes into twirling blossoms or fluttering butterflies.
ARTECHOUSE – DC
1238 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024