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WOW Up Close

World of WearableArt – Up Close
12 December 2020 – 14 February 2021

An exhibition at Te Papa


This summer experience World of WearableArt like never before.

World of WearableArt Up Close – A Theatrical Exhibition is a spectacular brand new experience created for all ages that translates the theatricality of the annual WOW Awards Show into an unforgettable immersive experience.  

“Went today, so blown away by the beauty and creativity, took my 12 yr old son and husband and they also loved it!” – Wendy 

About World of WearableArt – Up Close 

Journey through modern magical worlds loosely inspired by the beautiful backdrops from Shakespeare’s MacBeth, inhabited by the most incredible collection of wearable art by designers from around the world. 

Explore natural worlds featuring garments inspired by Aotearoa to modern mirror infinity rooms inhabited by garments made of the most unlikely materials including wood, latex, carpet and bicycle tubes. Gain insights into the designers creative process and learn how they craft their unique materials to bring incredible stories to life.

Escape into World of WearableArt Up Close – A Theatrical Exhibition where you can experience imagination and creativity at its very best! 

For a strictly limited season only! 


For more inspiration to visit World of WearableArt Up Close check out WellingtonNZ’s

7 Reasons To See WOW Up Close

Photos by Jo Moore

“Great exhibition. Took my youngest two children… So good that my five year old wants to go back again and I feel inspired to do something crazy and enter!” – Dawn


Level 4, Te Papa
View map location

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


Photo by LoveWelly


The exhibition will run from Saturday 12 December 2020 – Sunday 14 February 2021

Te Papa is open every day 10.00am—6.00pm

Tickets & Prices

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


*** Please ensure you purchase exhibition tickets via official channels only. These include the WOW website, Ticketmaster and onsite at Te Papa. ***

Ticket Category






Child (under three years)


Family of 4 (2 Adults, 2 Children)


Family of 3 (1 Adult, 2 Children)




For any ticketing or booking inquiries please contact Ticketmaster directly on 0800 111 999


Chica Under Glass, Peter Wakeman, New Zealand
Lady of the Wood, David Walker, United States

Please Note:

This exhibition will now go ahead whether New Zealand is at Covid-19 Alert Level 2 or Level 1. We are committed to running a safe and enjoyable event for you and your family and have designed the exhibition to allow plenty of room for social distancing between groups. If the Alert Level shifts to 3 or 4, the exhibition will close and tickets will be refunded.

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.

InterContinental Wellington is pleased to offer a special accommodation package for the World of WearableArt – Up Close exhibition at Te Papa.


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.

QT Wellington is pleased to offer a special accommodation package for the World of WearableArt – Up Close exhibition at Te Papa.



A Look Back: Behind the Designs


SPECIAL OFFER:  Purchase a WOW – UP CLOSE Exhibition Catalogue and receive a FREE WOW Notebook and Keyring*!

Featuring 96 pages of exclusive insights and stunning imagery of the collection of wearable art garments that will be on display at World of WearableArt – Up Close this summer season. This very special catalogue is a must have for every WOW fan who has enjoyed seeing award-winning works of wearable art grace our stage over the years. 

*Design of free gift may differ to those pictured subject to availability. While stock lasts.


Additional Events

A series of exciting events hosted by Te Papa are available to purchase as part of your exhibition entry and are a great way to enhance your experience!

Tickets to the additional events can be booked through Ticketmaster.


Te Papa High Teas

Prepare for your theatrical journey with a Te Papa High Tea experience. A charming selection of savoury and sweet treats await you in the Te Papa Espresso Café. Ticket includes exhibition entry.


When: Daily between 11.00 – 3.00pm

For the High Tea Packages, High Tea commences an hour before ticketed entry times:

High Tea at 11.00am with a 12.00pm entry exhibition ticket
High Tea at 12.00pm with a 1.00pm entry exhibition ticket
High Tea at 1.00pm with a 2.00pm entry exhibition ticket
High Tea at 2.00pm with a 3.00pm entry exhibition ticket

Where: Te Papa Espresso Cafe, level 4


Te Papa Late Nights

Join us for a Late Night of up-close wearable art, after hours. Ticket price includes entry to the exhibition, live music, one drink on arrival and all night access to our canape food stations.

Please note: Due to alcohol being served this is an 18-years + event



Thursday 04 February, 7.00 – 9.30pm – FINAL LATE NIGHT!


Te Papa Talks: Up Close with WOW

Hear fascinating behind-the-scene stories of how the people at WOW bring this yearly event together. Each week will be a different theme, so come to one, or to them all. Exhibition entry not included. 

This is a free event.



Tue 2 Feb 2021, 12.00pm–1.00pm Caring for the Collection with Tanya Jacobs and Heather Wallace 


Where: Te Papa, The Wedge, outer Toi Art Foyer, Level 4




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