Nelson may be small, but its arts and culture scene packs a big punch. Thanks to a deep history and a community filled with keen artsy folks, Nelson is often considered the Culture Capital of New Zealand. We at Palazzo Motor Lodge are proud of our city’s prominent arts scene and want to make sure you experience it to the fullest during your stay. Here is a list of craft and cultural events and attractions within a short distance of our Nelson motel accommodation establishment.

Isel House and Park 

Arriving from England in 1842, Thomas and Mary Marsden were one of Nelson’s first families. Isel House was the couple’s home, set amongst their beautiful English-style park. The restored house tells the story of the Marsdens, reflecting the house’s history through its antique furnishings, original ceramic collections, historic displays and scenic park grounds.     

The House is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Closed during public holidays. Access to the Park is always open. 

Nelson Provincial Museum 

A city with a history like Nelson’s needs a vibrant museum. Located in the heart of the city, Nelson Provincial Museum doesn’t disappoint. The lower level features a history gallery, giving you a full understanding of the city’s foundations and identity. Upstairs, a temporary exhibition space showcases modern and topical works by local and international artists. A beautiful stained-glass window embedded with images of New Zealand’s flora and fauna can be viewed from the top floor. 

Open weekdays, 10am to 5pm. Weekends and Public Holidays, 10am – 4.30pm. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. 

Nelson Arts Festival 

Each year, Nelson hosts a fabulous Arts Festival with events and displays from around the globe. Encompassing everything from theatre to visual arts, crafts to parades, the Nelson Arts Festival celebrates the city’s heritage and culture. If you’re lucky enough to visit in October, this festival is not to be missed. 

Taking place between 11 and 27 October, 2017 

World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum 

The World of Wearable Art is a Nelson original and a must see for any culture junkie. This bespoke museum offers a one-of-a-kind experience showcasing impressive classic cars and fascinating works of wearable art. The cars are world class and the art is often award-winning. It is a visual experience like no other and one that has to be seen to be believed. The exhibition changes in May and November each year. 

Open daily, 10am – 5pm. Closed Christmas Day. 

Hoglunds Art Glass Gallery 

Ola and Marie Hoglund’s blown glass art is sought-after around the world in both private and public collections. The Hoglunds’ gallery and studio is open to the public, letting you view first-hand the fascinating craft of glassblowing. They make platters, bowls, bottles, vases and even handmade glass jewellery. 

Open daily, 10am – 5pm.  

RED Art + Design 

An art gallery and café, RED is a beautiful space displaying local and international artwork next to gorgeous design products with a quirky Nelson flair. Their café also offers top notch food and coffee, offering you a unique space for your coffee before perusing the shop.  

Open weekdays 8am to 4pm. Saturday 10am to 2pm.