Chicago’s WNDR Museum (Entry $ 30, wndrmuseum.com) is pronounced either “wander” or “wonder”. You choose – the double meaning is supposed to represent both kinds of joy. The “exhibits” inside are boldly designed rooms that visitors use for dramatic, prefabricated photo backgrounds. They tend to have dazzling, multi-sensory displays of art technology like Visual Feeders Human Hues and Midwest Immersive’s Lumens, which turn visitors’ movements into light and sound. An installation asks you to hum to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, knowing that hundreds of people around the world are listening to the song (that’s what the exhibition says).
WNDR started as a pop-up and went viral on social media. In December 2020, it switched to a permanent attraction west of the city center – just in time to close due to the pandemic. Last month, it reopened with 20 new exhibits and a second wave of Instagram and TikTok inspiration. Selfies are encouraged. “You’re not just looking at the painting. They are part of this work, ”says spokeswoman Nora Daley. “It’s fun, it’s playful. It should be a joyful experience. “
While WNDR is the Midwest’s most elaborate “selfie museum,” a new breed of hashtag attraction that plays on the artistic side of the snapshot, it’s not the only one. Most don’t have the high production value or artistic standing of WNDR, but instead feature colorful, playful mini-sets for fashion. You can sit in a claw-foot tub full of silk flowers, pose with a collection of mismatched phones, or work your angles in a corner papered in punk rock posters. Selfie connoisseurs have around an hour to take photos in the various galleries.
Here you can set off with a fully charged battery – and maybe with a costume change.
The pose experience
With 14 rooms available, The Pose Experience is the ultimate VSCO, featuring bright, popping colors with a hypnotically creative backdrop, from donuts to a soaking tub overflowing with roses. Admission $ 28, $ 250 for a one-hour private photo shoot, theposeexperience.com
It is against these 28 trendy and fashionable backdrops that modern modeling goes crazy. The most popular is a newly opened room with the theme of friends, closely followed by its infinity room lined with mirrors. Admission for adults $ 22, admission for children $ 15 (13 and under), selfiewrlddsm.com
If bubblegum chic is your favorite aesthetic, The influence is your point of contact with 14 rooms with light walls and neon signs. $ 23.50 for all-day admission, theinfluence-selfiemuseum.com
The selfie scene
Nashville and Murfeesboro, Tennessee
Each location offers 16 rooms with a clear mood. The Silver Room shimmers with streamers, disco balls and a throne. Admission for adults $ 25, admission for children $ 12.50 (up to 10 years old), selfiescenenash.com
The selfie room
Get dressed to pose on a tire swing against the backdrop of a garland of flowers. On March 28th, you can say cheese with bunnies for an Easter gram. $ 30 on weekends and $ 20 on weekdays for adults, $ 20 for children (12 and under), theselfieroom.com