I Spent $19 to Visit 29Rooms: Was It Worth It?

After running in New York for the past two years, Refinery29’s Instagrammable 29Rooms finally made its way to L.A. at the end of 2017. The exhibit only ran for two weekends in December so if you missed out, don’t fret because word on the street is that they’ll be back this year! 

So What Is 29Rooms?

For those wondering, it’s not an actual museum (just like The Museum of Ice Cream). It’s another pop-up installation intended for people who are hungry for an immersive experience or in millennial terms, “doing it for the gram.” 
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And it’s not 29 separate rooms. It’s a large space that has 29 installations spread throughout the inside of an oval tent.

The “rooms” consist of the following:

1. Installations created by artists like Janelle Monae, Demi Lovato, etc.

2. Partnerships between companies like Google, Dyson, Netflix’s The Crown, SheaMoisture, Marc Jacobs, and Victoria’s Secret, among others.

3. Art by nonprofits like Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March.

Was It Worth It?

For $19 (around $21-$22 with tax and processing fees) it was cheaper than The Museum of Ice Cream, Happy Place, and Candytopia. I haven’t been to the last two exhibits, but I can tell you that for sure they won’t be shut down due to a permit problem. 

Pros

– Had a blast with my friends

– Got some cool pics for IG

– Some installations had professional photographers who would help you pose and take nice shots of you

– Got some freebies!!!

Cons

– You only get three hours, which sounds like a lot of time but we didn’t get to see all 29 installations because the lines were long

– No restroom inside

– Some people took too long taking pictures. Employees should’ve been monitoring time 

– Not every “room” had an employee who would help you take pictures

Verdict

Worth it!

But only if you don’t mind crowds, long lines, and the subtle and sometimes not so subtle form of advertising that you’ve paid for.

If you’re really into immersive experiences or just want some neat pictures for social media, then it’s something I would recommend. Come with your friends, your significant other, your family, etc.

Oh! And it’s a super cute place to take pictures of your kids!


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