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Experience the new Petersen Automotive Museum, LA’s newest museum featuring over 100000 sqft of exhibit space, 25 new galleries, thousands of stories, and over 300 vehicles. The Petersen Museum went through a 90 million dollar renovation in 2016 and is considered one of the best automotive exhibits in the world!, LA’s newest museum featuring over 100000 sqft of exhibit space, 25 new galleries, thousands of stories, and over 300 vehicles. The Petersen Museum went through a 90 million dollar renovation in 2016 and is considered one of the best automotive exhibits in the world!
Founded on June 11, 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen, and his wife Margie, the Petersen Automotive Museum is owned and operated by the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation. Previously located within the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the museum is permanently housed in a historic department store originally designed by Welton Becket. The building opened in 1962 as a short-lived U.S. branch of Seibu Department Stores, before operating as an Ohrbach’s department store from 1965 to 1986. Six years after Ohrbach’s closed, Robert Petersen selected the largely windowless site as an ideal space for a museum, where artifacts could be displayed without harmful exposure to the ultraviolet radiation of direct sunlight.
In 2015, the museum underwent an extensive $90 million renovation. The building’s façade was redesigned by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, while designers at The Scenic Route configured interior spaces to accommodate changing exhibits that are intended to encourage repeated visits. The exterior features a stainless-steel ribbon assembly, made of 100 tons of 14-gauge type 304 steel in 308 sections, 25 supports and 140,000 custom stainless-steel screws.
If there is one thing that we all have in common, especially in Southern California, it’s the automobile. To some the automobile is an appliance, but to us it is a passion. The Petersen Automotive Museum has been celebrating this passion since 1994 on the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, the third most travelled intersection in the city of Los Angeles. It anchors one end of the famed “Miracle Mile” created by real estate developer A.W. Ross in 1936. Created in a time before shopping malls, the Miracle Mile centralized shopping in the area and was “The” place to go for high end shopping. Wilshire was also home to various “firsts” including dedicated left-turn lanes and the first timed traffic lights in the United States. Ross also required merchants to provide automobile parking lots behind their stores, all to aid traffic flow.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
10:10 AM Pickup at Costco (3800 Rosedale Hwy)
10:20 AM Pickup at Walmart (NW Promenade)
10:40 AM Pickup at Vons (Ming Avenue)
11:00 AM Arrive at Micelis (Hosted Lunch)
12:15 PM Depart Micelis – Hollywood
12:45 PM Arrive at Peterson Auto Museum
3:15 PM Depart Peterson Museum
4:00 PM Arrive at Starbucks (30 Minute Rest Stop)
5:15 PM Drop off at Vons (Ming Avenue)
5:30 PM Drop off at Walmart (NW Promenade)
5:45 PM Drop off at Costco (3800 Rosedale Hwy)
The Trip Price Above Includes:
- Luxury Silverado motorcoach transportation
- Experienced and Knowledgeable Tour Guide
- Entrance to the Petersen Automotive Museum
- Alcoholic beverages are not included
- Please be at your pickup point 15 minutes early
*Tour requires little to moderate stairs, walking and standing.
*Driver and tour guide gratuity is not included.