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World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum (WOW)

Exterior display near the cafe.

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World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum (WOW) Review

Wacky and wonderful, this museum displays garments from the World of WearableArt Awards Show, an event long held in Nelson but now presented in Wellington and exhibiting entries from designers worldwide. Art designed to be worn is best understood when facing moving mannequins in inventive ensembles. Imagine brightly colored, hand-painted silks draped into a giant winged headdress. Or papier-mâché fashioned into dramatic body suits, and glittering oceanic creations in the colors of paua shells. The elaborate sets, sound, and psychedelic lighting make this gallery a must-see. Exhibits change every six months. An adjoining gallery exhibits a superb collection of classic cars, New Zealand's largest, ranging from a pink Cadillac to E-type Jaguar to Aston Martin and more. They just don't make them like this anymore. Even if you're not a petrol head, not even a fan of cars, these sleek, shiny models will impress. An optional extra is the "Classic Collection" —an additional 70 classic cars parked out back because there simply isn't room for them all in the main gallery.

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  • Address: Cadillac Way off Quarantine Rd., Annesbrook, Nelson, 7011 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/547–4573
  • Cost: NZ$22
  • Hours: Daily 10–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Nelson
Updated: 02-18-2014

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    A must visit

    Even if you are not into clothes - this is a must-see. Besides, if you're REALLY not into clothes - visit the car museum while the other half visits the art. Plan to spend about 1.5 hours.

    by dktenor, 5/20/07

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