World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web
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. To visit World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum on your trip to Nelson, use our Nelson vacation generator.
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  • WE enjoyed the design of all the wearable arts plus the cars. They had some nice gifts there too plus a café. 
  • Not far from the centre of Nelson is the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum. First the cars- a fantastic range of all kinds of cars over the last century AND all of them in excellent condit...  read more »
  • The displays of wearable art were just fascinating. There were so many to look at in lots of bright colours and varied designs. We also watched the video they have playing of lots more designs. Althou...  read more »
  • Classic cars for the guys and wacky fashion and costumes made from improbable items for the ladies, this is a great day out with something to interest everyone. Located close to Nelson Airport there is plenty of free parking outside. There's also a nice cafe to relax in once you have worn your feet out looking at all the exhibits. Allow a good few hours to take it all in.
  • Having chosen one of the very few rainy days in January(and being from the UK we have ore than our share of those! ) to visit the wow museum we certainly didn't feel the doom of drizzle once we were inside the museum! We arrived around 10am & spent 3 and half amazing hours at this gem of a place, we could have easily have spent longer appreciating all the fantastic exhibits had we not already had previously arranged plans to be elsewhere later that day, From the clothing section (which I would have bet before going in would never have remotely interested me)to all the beautifully kept cars the word wow was much used during our jaw dropping time at this captivating collection of wonderfully displayed items Such an inviting and intreaging place to immerse yourself in whilst appreciating all the hard work & effort that has clearly gone into all exhibits on show, I was totally captivated by absolutely everything on display from the amazing clothing gallery's(which as I said I thought would not remotely interest me -how wrong could I be?!!)to the fine vehicles pristinely kept, every vehicle there an absolute credit to those who lovingly care for them -such a diverse range of makes & models(including the engine section where I thought I'd died and gone to God's workshop -awesome!) there is truly something for everyone I cannot praise this place enough and am so glad I visited. The staff were also fantastic and clearly enjoyed working in this neat environment they were friendly,enthusiastic, informative and helpful -what more could you ask for?! If in the area I strongly recommend a visit and I'm sure like myself you won't feel let down & just wish you had another couple of hours to ingest all the beautiful objects of art on display, the next chance I get to visit I will certainly make sure I can go for longer &take a spare camera battery as my previously fully charged one didn't have enough life for the quantity of picture's I wanted to take! A fantasistic museum well worth a visit and next time I'm over from England it will be high upon list to visit and browse around again, Wow! The word sums this amazing place up so well. Thanks for a great experience WOW!
  • We arrived at 420pm and were told by the staff member at the counter that we only had 40 minutes to view the display as they closed at 5pm on January 12 / 2016 and that they reccommended at least 60 minutes ( 3 staff present at the counter ) we decided to proceed and duly paid for our 3 tickets knowing we only had 40 minutes. We started with the car section and went through both buildings and at 445pm had just entered the clothing area when we were told we could not go through as they were closing this area early for electrical maintenance,a simple suggestion to customers to go through this area first would have been a big help as we are not all mind readers, i have to say the staff were very disinterested and my visitors i had taken there, passed a comment about how unhelpful the staff were, very embarrassing as a fellow Kiwi taking guests through what is a great asset to Nelson and New Zealand. We were not the only disappointed visitor either and the attitude of the staff there left a lot to be desired, common and sharpen up your act, the facility if fantastic, shame the staff don’t reflect the same.
  • What a great Museum. The selection of cars are amazing. If you have to wait for a flight this is well worth looking at.
  • Not only good for the art and cars. Their coffee and food are also great!
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