No. It is not like n escape room at all. But people who get excited about escape rooms usually enjoy the Eureka Room. It's a participatory absurd high energy experience.
The Eureka Room is a boutique immersive experience room filled with light and sound. The room measures a cozy one hundred square feet and accommodates around six people.
Video-led instruction guides visitors though different programs, each lasting 10 to 20 minutes. The programs have been described as “absurdist”, “wholly unique”, and “indescribable”.
The Eureka Room is not a passive experience. The Eureka Room only works if visitors are willing to participate and engage with other visitors. The participation is designed to be enjoyable and easy.
And, in case you're wondering, The Eureka Room is not an escape or puzzle room.
Much of the enjoyment of The Eureka Room comes from the surprises, so it’s best that you know as little as possible.
If you must know more, you can read this review of The Eureka Room from The Austin Chronicle
If you really must know more, see the spoilers page.
You can buy a gift vouchers from the visit page. Look for the words "Gift Voucher" in the top right of the scheduling section.
If you already have a gift voucher, and do not see any available times – do not fear! You can email me and I will work to set up a time for you.
If you have a $100+ gift voucher it is good for a private booking. If you have an amount that is less than $100, you can pay the difference to get a private booking, or you can use it to join a mixed group.
A private group ticket means that your group of four to six people will have the room to yourselves.
A mixed group ticket means that you may be sharing the experience with other people who also have mixed group tickets. If you are concerned about that, read the full FAQ and/or email me if you have questions.
While the content is essentially G-rated, the content isn’t designed for kids. There’s irony, dry wit, wordplay, long pauses intended to be humorous, tongue-in-cheekedness, and intentional incongruities. Most of these are lost on kids and they think it’s boring.
Sorry, but the Eureka room is for 16 and up. I want to make sure it's a safe environment for everyone who visits. There's flashing lights which puts kids at risk if they have not yet diagnosed epilepsy or photosensitivities. I know that risk is small but hope you understand!
The Eureka Room is for you if you are willing to and interested in engaging in playful absurdity.
I strongly recommend you do not visit if you don't like participation, and/or have a more serious personality.
Teenagers generally have not enjoyed being playful with their parents at the Eureka Room.
Since the programs are participatory, they require a minimum number of people.
The ideal group number is 6-8, but it can work with as low as 4. If you have a group larger than 8, please read this.
Not to worry! It’s better that way, actually.
For solo attendees and smaller groups, I will work with you to combine your group with others. I’ve had over 1300 people visit and I’m confident that sharing the experiences with strangers is more fun.
Please don’t bring anyone who you know isn’t going to be into The Eureka Room. That’s just a bummer for all of us. Instead, join with other small groups and meet new people who share your interest in participatory immersive experiences!
Maybe. I know there are many groups that are out celebrating birthdays and other occassions and don’t want to have to tell some people to wait in the car while you have fun in the Eureka Room. Here’s what I can do.
I can have up to 8 people for $20 per person. As a result, there will be some programs with a bit more obstructed view and a little less fun. A couple programs will actually be better. But you won’t get the “ideal” experience. If you are just here to have fun as a group, 8 people will almost certainly be fine. If you’re the type that wants it as designed, I would stick to six people.
If you have 8 or more people, depending on schedules I might be able to do two back-to-back showings for two smaller groups. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your situation.
Yes! We have loads of free parking in the back of the house. There's also lots of free street parking available.
A typical visit lasts around an hour.
There are many flashing and strobing lights. You may be affected by The Eureka Room if you are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or have other photo sensitivities. If you have questions, email me.
For those who are sensitive to the “rainbow effect” caused by some projectors, I use a 3-chip projector which eliminates the rainbow effect.
Unfortunately The Eureka Room is currently located in a home that is not ADA accessible. When the Eureka Room moves to a new location in 2022 I will do my best to make sure it will be ADA accessible.
Unfortunately, most of The Eureka Room is visual so I would not recommend it for the visually-impaired.
I have had a couple hearing-impaired people visit and was able to accommodate them pretty well. If you are interested in hearing-impaired programs, please contact me.
Yes. Many. The Eureka Room is located in East Austin at 1408 East Cesar Chavez, eight blocks from Rainey street and downtown Austin, and within a few minutes walk from more food, drink, and music options than I could list here. Popular nearby tourist spots include the White Horse (5 blocks), la Barbecue (9 blocks), Lady Bird Lake (9 blocks), and the Texas State Cemetary (7 blocks)