Los Angeles' Petersen Automotive Museum set to reopen

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2015-12-04 13:48:05

After 14 months of work and a multi-million dollar facelift, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is set to reopen its doors next week.

The transformed building now features 95,000 square feet of exhibition space, packed with some of the most iconic, important and remarkable automobiles ever built.

“I am proud to announce that the new Petersen Automotive Museum is open on schedule, on budget and with interior and exterior designs that are even more stunning then the concept renderings – and that is a rare feat in both the architecture and museum worlds,” said Executive Director Terry Karges.

“We have transformed a building that was once an old department store into one of the most groundbreaking structures in Los Angeles. What’s inside is just as stunning, including a three-story spiral staircase that transports visitors through 25 galleries representing the history, industry and artistry of the automobile.”

The museum feature some of the world's rarest and most valuable collector cars, along with championship-winning race cars, pioneering art cars, famous big and small screen vehicles and seminal motorcycles.

Major exhibits include Concept Cars as Art, featuring a vision of futuristic automotive design from the 1950s; the Precious Metal exhibit, featuring a selection of remarkable and historic cars all finished in silver; the Hollywood Gallery, featuring famous movie and TV cars; and the Forza Motorsport Racing Experience, where visitors can test their driving skills in a series of simulated historic vehicles.

The museum also features numerous interactive exhibits which illustrate how cars are designed and constructed, including the Art Center College of Design Studio in the Mullin Design Gallery and the Industry Professionals exhibit in the Roeder-Harman Gallery which features interviews with engineers, designers, marketers and executives.

The museum relaunches this weekend with a special gala event, before opening its doors to the public on Monday December 7.

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