H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum

Thursdays-Sundays from November 16-December 17, 2017 at The Peale

An immersive theater experience beyond space and time

Submersive Productions

ThumbInspired by the history and architecture of the Peale, this immersive theater experience by Submersive Productions returns for what is sure to be a sold-out run. You are invited to the Grand Opening of H.T. Darling’s new exhibit of artifacts from the planet New Galapagos. By interacting with the curious inhabitants of the museum, the building, and the exhibition itself, each audience member must choose their own path through the evening’s strange events.

Shows at 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays November 16 through December 17 at The Peale Center, 225 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Doors open 30 minutes before the show starts.

Tickets will sell out! Get yours now!

Special events 

Wednesday, December 6, 7:30-9pm Behind the scenes tour and discussion: What can museums learn from immersive theater?

Sunday, December 10, 10am–1pm Family Day

Tuesday, December 12 from 7-10pm New Galapagos Gala: A Soiree Among the Specimens

Throughout December: Silent Auction –If H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum won your heart, you can take home a souvenir from the show. Selected specimens and personal items from H.T. himself are available to purchase online! All items are local pickup in Baltimore, MD only. If you have any questions about any of these items, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Proceeds support the work of Submersive Productions. To Legacy!!!

Rave Reviews

Audience as Actor: Participating in H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum” by Amber Eve Anderson


“5 Stars!”

“A rich phantasmagorical journey to a planet of wonders…. Lovers of the new, the weird and the wonderful, take note: everything you’re looking for is in Baltimore, at Submersive Productions’ fantastical new piece,  H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum…. It’s part rollercoaster ride, part alternative history, part allegory on colonialism and exploitation of indigenous peoples. And it’s all parts fun.”
“Go if you can. And if you can’t make it? Tell your friends to go. They’ll thank you. But then you’ll wish you’d gone. So skip the regret part of this and just…go.”
DC Theatre Scene

“5 Stars!”

“It cannot be said emphatically enough that this is a rare experience not to be missed…. An experience that defies description in the most imaginatively miraculous way possible…. One could attend the MUSÆUM a dozen times and still have a unique experience upon each visit…. It is spectacle, adventure, mystery, and so much more all captured in one experience.”
Theatre Bloom

“5 Stars!”

“Museums spend years acquiring the sort of artifacts Submersive Productions assembled for this show. It’s one thing to stage a show in a real museum – quite another to flesh out an empty one.”
Baltimore Post-Examiner

“If you are up for new experiences…I would highly recommend you visit HT DARLING’S MUSEAUM…. A feat of performance art … the cast pulled off brilliantly.”
Broadway World

Please note: Musaeum is recommended for ages 12 and above. Making the most of your experience will require you to ascend and descend at least two staircases (and more if you choose). Some amount of standing and light walking will also be necessary. Seating and gentle guidance will be available throughout the space for those who may require it. We expect the experience to last about two hours from the posted start time. Beverages and snacks will be available (donations appreciated). Restrooms will be accessible throughout the experience. Coat racks and safe storage for bags will also be available.

Artistic Team

Submersive Artistic Directors Ursula Marcum and Glenn Ricci are producers, with Ricci, Lisi Stoessel and Susan Stroupe directing, with Stoessel’s concept serving as the basis of the production.

The same cast is returning, and includes Josh Aterovis, Francisco Benavides, David Brasington, Emily Hall, Martha Robichaud, Trustina Sabah, Lisi Stoessel, Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon. Original puppeteers Ursula Marcum and Jess Rassp will be joined by Jessie Delaplaine and Kim Le for the remount. Marie Claire Macadar and Katherine Vary will also join the cast as Museum Guards.

Artists creating the world of New Galapagos and the Musaeum include set and puppet fabricators Lisi Stoessel, Ursula Marcum, Jessie Delaplaine, Kim Le, Chris Reuther, Samantha Kuczynski, Alessandra Torres, Francisco Benavides, Jess Rassp, Alex Vernon, Brook Tobey, and Jack Higgins; visual artists Laure Drogoul, Jonathan Latiano, Robert Marbury, Lynne Parks, Chris Siron, and James Taylor; sound designer Glenn Ricci; lighting designer James Johnson; and costume designers Stephanie Parks and Ben Kress. The team also includes movement coach Dody DiSanto, and stage manager Brad Norris.


H.T. Darling’s Incredible Musaeum Presents: The Treasures of New Galapagos, Astonishing Acquisitions from the Perisphere is made possible with support from the Jim Henson Foundation, the PNC Foundation, Bazaar, James Taylor’s Shocked and Amazed!, the Peale Center, and Baltimore City Department of General Services. Submersive Productions, LLC is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.

About Submersive Productions

Submersive Productions is a collaborative artworks company that combines artistic disciplines to create memorable and profound audience experiences. The company was formed in 2015 to produce the Spring and Fall editions of The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe at the Enoch Pratt House at the Maryland Historical Society. That production was the longest-running immersive theater experience in Baltimore history, and earned a Best of Baltimore award for “Best Theater Experience” from the Baltimore City Paper. Submersive seeks to create artworks that utilize unused, underused, or unusual spaces that reflect the architectural fabric of the city. For more information, visit www.submersiveproductions.com