World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson

Surround yourself with gems of design--some to wear, and some to drive--at World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum. Housed inside a building that itself represents a masterpiece of modern architecture, the museum celebrates various aspects of art and design. The wearable art gallery showcases garments that over the years have been featured in Wellington's World of WearableArt awards show, from pieces inspired by traditional South Pacific cultures to those dreamed up by the avant-garde. Meanwhile, the automotive section displays over 50 memorable models of vehicles, from early 20th-century classics to modern speed machines. View and purchase works of some of New Zealand's most talented artists in the onsite contemporary art gallery. See World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum and all Nelson has to offer by arranging your trip with our Nelson day trip tool .
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  • October 11, 2017
    There is something here for all the family. If your interest is arts, fashion, cars, social history, coffee! You will find something of interest. The WOW items are well displayed and very interesting....  more »
  • October 8, 2017
    The museum was highly recommended by our waiter in a nearby restaurant/hotel, and we were glad we took his advice. I am not a fashionista by any measure (I'm an engineer), but these award-winning outf...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    The wearable art collection and short film was excellent. The classic cars really great. Something for everyone.  more »
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  • April 5, 2017
    I spent a great couple of hours here one day when the rain kept me from the outdoors. The cafe was also excellent. I concentrated on the costumes, though it looked like they and some interesting cars in the two large warehouse rooms dedicated to that. There were 70 costumes on display the day I was there, all from the 2016 WOW competition. As well as being works of art that could be worn most were made out of very unusual materials which made the costumes even more interesting. Amazing things were done with plastic ties, one costume used weed barrier, another was made of wood veneer. There was also a very interesting 30 minute video of the 2016 competition. Definitely put this on your list. Great for the whole family.
  • September 20, 2017
    Great place. Remember there is a second section to the car collection. Another building behind first one
  • September 6, 2017
    A lot of crazy things you have to look twice at. Beautiful cars. But a little bit expensive.
  • May 20, 2017
    Having seem all of the wellington shows It was a pleasure to visit the home of WOW. The feature of the display whilst there was the garments from the recent show so a bonus to get up close and personal to them and realise the extent of work that goes into the creation of these garments. The visit was equally complimented with a visit to the very credible car museum adjoining the WOW display.
  • July 3, 2017
    Great to see the winning costumes and others from last year up close, and a great collection of classic cars from the Model T onwards. Something for everyone.

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