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Petersen Auto Museum to Close for Renovations for a Year

Petersen Auto Museum
A rendering of the First Floor Gallery in the soon-to-be-renovated Petersen Automotive Museum.

The Petersen Auto Museum on Wilshire and Fairfax will be closing its doors in mid-October as it begins a major renovation, both inside and out.  The re-envisioned museum will put the Petersen collection of unique vintage cars in more glamorous galleries, and expand the educational and historical displays celebrating the art and invention of the automobile.

In the new design, visitors will begin their journey on the third floor, dedicated to the history of the automobile, both in Southern California and around the world – and get a look at Hollywood’s love affair with cars. The second floor, dedicated to the industry of the automobile, will explore racing, customization, manufacturing and alternate-fuel technologies.  The first floor will focus on the art of the automobile and include a large main salon devoted to the world’s most beautiful automobiles and a contemporary art gallery, where well known artists can explore the automobile as both inspiration and medium.

“We sought out the finest minds in museums, entertainment, education, architecture and design to create an immersive experience that blends art and science in a way that will equally appeal to those who love the automobile and visitors looking to learn something new,” said Peter Mullin, the Petersen’s Chairman of the Board. “We have made significant headway in our capital campaign and construction is underway. Our final major event before the interior renovation is the annual Gala, which will be held on October 18.”

The vault is expected to be open at times during the year-long museum hiatus, for those of us who just have to get their vintage car fix on a regular basis. In the meantime, the Petersen’s short movie, below, gives a taste for what’s to come, including the new exterior of the building wrapped in waves of red stainless steel.

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Julie Grist
Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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