Our Pick of the Week: The Funhouse

A new immersive, experiential art maze is coming to Queen West.

Housed inside a former Buddhist temple at 101 Lisgar St. (just north of Queen St. W.), The Funhouse will take visitors in and out of a series of fourteen different rooms and experiences designed by local visual and musical artists like the Broadbent Sisters, Ness Lee, Ben Johnston, Paul Jackson, Jazz Cartier, The Beaches, and LIGHTS.

Visitors will first enter a 1920s hotel lobby-inspired reception area, where you’ll get to choose from two entrances to begin your adventure. The rooms include a multi-sensory jungle installation (featuring a life-sized elephant), a room inspired by Botticelli’s famous work The Birth of Venus, and a creepy yet nostalgic home dinner scene that serves as a interpretation of modern-day romance and technological failures.

The top floor (and final space in the experience) will be transformed into the Underwater Ballroom, complete with larger-than-life sculptures of sea life and plants, a mural by artist Ben Johnston, and interactive projections.

The Funhouse will be open daily beginning this Saturday, June 1, through September. Tickets are $28-40 for general admission and $15 for children aged 4-12. Kids under 3 get in for free.

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