World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson

(4.5/5 based on 950+ 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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  • Great to see last year entries and winners Was good that men could look at car museum Would like to have seen more of other years winners 
  • I was more interested in seeing the cars than the WoW display but both were excellent. Seeing the costumes up-close allows you to appreciate the work that goes into them. Really fascinating stuff. The...  more »
  • THE WEARABLE ARTS section is really very good but the CLASSIC CARS section is better than that. I first saw it around 2002 and was impressed but it's bigger and better than I ever imagined. 
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  • Very interesting outfits in WOW. It was nice to be able to see a looped video showing highlights from past WOW performances and to see the items being actively worn and paraded. The static displays afford one the chance to see the items up close and the detailed effort put into their creation. A large number of cars on display. in two halls. Appropriately this is the site of the car assembly plant previously in operation in Nelson! Learn't something new. Look out for a couple of WOW outfits among the cars (e.g. CTRL-ALT-DEL outfit!)
  • Great displays. Loved both the costumes and the cars. The classic car section was bigger than I thought it would be. Something for everyone here.
  • Really fascinating place! My most favourite part was the car museum but the fashion segment was very interesting too. It was clear a lot of time and effort was put into the displays
  • Classic cars for me and the wearable arts for her (but actually both of us). Not overly informative but a feast for the eyes nonetheless
  • 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.