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Petersen Automotive Museum – Virtual Tour

Petersen Automotive Museum - Virtual Tour

Petersen Automotive Museum – Virtual Tour

The Petersen Automotive Museum is located along Museum Row in Los Angeles, and it is one of the world’s largest automotive museums. The museum’s exhibitions cover the History, Industry, and Artistry of the Automobile Industry.

The museum has over 100 vehicles on display in 25 galleries. Another half of the collection is kept in a vault located on the basement level of the building. Age restrictions and an admission fee premium are in effect to view the vault collection.

The first floor focuses on automotive artistry with a collection of extravagant automobiles. The second floor is focused on industrial engineering covering design and performance. Displays include racing, motorcycles, hot rods, and customs.

The top floor chronicles the history of the automobile with an emphasis on the American car culture.

The building’s façade features a stainless-steel ribbon assembly made of 100 tons of 14-gauge type steel and 140,000 custom stainless-steel screws.

Petersen Automotive Museum - Virtual Tour

Petersen Automotive Museum – building’s façade with a stainless-steel ribbon

Highlights of the Petersen Automotive Museum

  • An extensive Porsche exhibit 
  • A rare 1939 Porsche 64
  • An exhibition on the history of the Japanese Automotive Industry
  • An exhibition on powered children’s racecars
  • The NASCAR Herbie used during the filming of Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar Cars and Cars 2
  • 1956 Jaguar XKSS formerly owned by Steve McQueen
  • 1992 Batmobile from Batman Returns
  • Ferrari 308 GTS Targa used by Tom Selleck in Magnum, P.I. 
  • De Tomaso Pantera which belonged to Elvis Presley
  • The DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future
  • 1967 Ford MKIII GT40

Petersen Automotive Museum - Virtual Tour

Petersen Automotive Museum

  • Name:               Petersen Automotive Museum
  • City:                   Los Angeles
  • Country:            United States
  • Established:      1994
  • Type:                 Automotive Museum
  • Category:          Specialist Museum
  • Location:           6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, United States

Petersen Automotive Museum - Virtual Tour

1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen – Powered by a four-stroke internal combustion engine and had 3 spoke wheels on rubber tires

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Petersen Automotive Museum – 360 View

Petersen Automotive Museum – 360 View

Petersen Automotive Museum – 360 View

Petersen Automotive Museum – 360 View

Petersen Automotive Museum – 360 View

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“I’ve actually made a prediction that within 30 years a majority of new cars made in the United States will be electric. And I don’t mean hybrid, I mean fully electric.”
– Elon Musk

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Photo Credit: Sicnag / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0; )David Zaitz / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0); Shelby Asistio from Los Angeles, United States / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0); Sicnag / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

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