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WOW Up Close

An exhibition at Te Papa


Experience World of WearableArt like never before.

A theatrical journey and immersive exhibition that invites you to get up close to the extraordinary garments and explore limitless creativity.


World of WearableArt Up Close
29 August – 09 October

Featuring over 35 award-winning garments, created by designers from New Zealand and around the world, World of WearableArt Up Close (Ao KākahuToi – Kia Tata) is an exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington showcasing some of the most breath-taking creations that we’ve seen in the World of WearableArt Awards Competition.

Discover the jaw-dropping detail and unconventional creativity of wearable art. From 500 abandoned tents transformed into avant-garde works of art, to a wearable Axminster carpet inspired by Frida Kahlo, to a cathedral made from more than 2300 individually cut pieces of laser etched felt, learn about the unique stories behind the designs and be inspired as something WOW this way comes …

For a strictly limited season only!


Level 4, Te Papa
View map location

For more information on the location and to plan your visit, head to Te Papa’s website



The exhibition will run from Saturday 29 August – Friday 09 October 2020

Te Papa is open every day 10am—6pm

Please noteFriday 09 October will be an earlier closing time.  



Tickets & Prices

We recommend allowing 60 minutes for your visit to the exhibition.

Ticket Category






Child (under three years)


Family (2 Adults, 2 Children)





Plan Your Visit

We are excited to bring this specially crafted exhibition to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. We hope that the people of Wellington and visitors from around New Zealand will enjoy this unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the World of WearableArt and get up close to these extraordinary works of art! 

Start planning your trip and make the most of your #wowupclose experience at

WOW Up Close is made possible by Core Partner:








Accessibility (Te Papa):

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Immersive digital and sound experiences
  • Variable lighting levels
  • Accessible toilets
  • No food, drink, or double buggies


Wellington accommodation:

Looking for somewhere to stay in Wellington? Check out what’s on offer from our accommodation partners: InterContinental Wellington and QT Wellington. These two incredible properties are not only conveniently located, allowing you to make the most of your time in Wellington, they also have onsite restaurants and facilities to make your stay one to remember.


InterContinental Wellington

Adjacent to Wellington’s waterfront, InterContinental Wellington is a global five-star hotel located in the heart of Wellington city. It is the seamless and personal service that makes InterContinental Wellington the best luxury in Wellington.


QT Wellington

Fall down the rabbit hole into an explosion of colour and texture at Wellington’s design-driven Hotel, QT Wellington. The walls host a curated collection of high & low-brow art sitting in a stunning harbourside location & engulfed by vines of vivid ivy. Art, design, curiosities and a dash of the absurd.



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