World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson

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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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  • The choice of food is great... it may take a while to decidethough, while the museum is well worth looking at  more »
  • A strange concept but an interesting visit with some clever ideas. But clothes made of strange items not really my thing.  more »
  • This place is incredible! Some of the displays transport you into a fairytale. The lighting, set up and music is perfect. If you like art you will surely appreciate it.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is just the best place to take visitors to Nelson to. Wearable Arts show should come home 😍
  • There's a lot to see here. However, it's extremely overpriced. Loved what we were seeing but felt a tad wroughted for it.
  • An excellent if rather eclectic collection. The main car display is excellent but the large building at the back has many more and you shouldn't miss it. The "Wearable Art " comes into the 'odd but interesting' category and allows those not interested in cars something to look at whilst the buffs are inspecting Dad's first car

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Nelson has the range of accommodations you would expect to find in a modern city in a great location. More upmarket hotels line the river and cluster in the city center. Budget-minded travelers will also find a number of hostels and motels here. On the outskirts of the city there are more motels, RV parks, and campsites, offering great options for those interested in outdoor excursions and city day trips.
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