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The World of WearableArt & Classic Cars Museum and Cafe are temporarily closed for at least 12-18 months, as we work through the ongoing viability due to the significant impact of Covid-19 on the World of WearableArt business.

We understand that the Museum and Cafe have been an important fixture in Nelson from a local and visitor perspective since 2001 and we wish to thank our community and stakeholders for their support.

This year, our flagship exhibition, which featured 32 award-winning garments, has come home after a five-year journey overseas. Almost 650,000 people have visited in Australia, the United States and Russia! While we are delighted to welcome these garments home, it’s been a joy to put our incredible collection in front of fresh eyes and have new audiences embrace our vision of wearable art. 


Where did we travel?

Here are some of the wonderful museums and institutes that hosted the International Touring Exhibition over the last five years: 

Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Australia

Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI

EMP Museum, Seattle, WA

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Erarta Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO

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