World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum, Nelson
(4.5/5 based on 900+ 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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  • This place defies description. From the minute you enter the door, there are unique things to look at. It doesn't feel like you are looking at art, it is more like you are experiencing it. Allow enoug...  more »
  • I was in two minds about visiting this museum due to cost factor. But after going through and seeing the amazing art talent and classic cars, I would want this place to be maintained and stay open for...  more »
  • MUST visit place of interest in Nelson. Opening hours shows 10-5pm, but the cafe closed at 4pm when we visited in mid Nov. The Museum has 2 parts, a wearable section which changes every year. There is...  more »
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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.