Art Deco to Art Morrison: Inside the Petersen Automotive Museum
Stepping into the Petersen Automotive Museum is as if you just stepped into a candy shop, except instead of being able to buy something you want, there’s nothing for sale except a t-shirt. It’s the biggest tease for an automotive enthusiast, but it’s worth every second to see some of the most beautiful and amazing cars ever to be built. It’s a world of million dollar automobiles, cars that span decades if not centuries of automotive history. The Petersen Automotive Museum includes everything from Pre-War cars, classic motorcycles, racecars, design concepts, to one of the most pristine examples of a McLaren F1 we’ve ever seen.
You’ll get lost in the raw beauty that the museum has collected over the years thanks to its many patrons and donors. Walking through each diverse hall is an equally breathtaking and new experience.
RELATED: Click Here to See More of the McLaren F1
The Petersen Automotive Museum’s curators made sure that everything within the automotive realm is displayed here for everyone to enjoy. It additionally has made great strides to appeal to young children, to bring them into the automotive enthusiast fold. To that aim, the museum has an entire room with wheel and chair setups for the latest installment of Forza Motorsports, where we might have spent entirely too much time trying to beat the rest of the Petersen’s staff.
BMW Art Cars, classic Pre-War Rolls-Royces, cars from cinema including a couple of the cars from the latest edition of Bond, and hotrods fill up the rest of the museum. The Petersen Automotive Museum offers up an experience that is unlike any other automotive museum out there. It’s steeped in the history of the car, and puts them in a light, both figuratively and literally, that makes every automotive enthusiast appreciate the level of detail each automaker put into these wonderful automobiles.
RELATED: The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Is Here to Make You Swoon
While each of the cars curated throughout the museum is stunning, the most awe-inspiring collection housed in the Petersen Automotive Museum is the “Precious Metal” exhibit. In this wing, cars owned by Bruce Meyer and presented by Rolex are the stars of the show. It’s a gathering of some of the most expensive, exclusive, and rare automobiles on the planet. And all of them silver in color, for added dramatic effect.
In this gallery, there is; the aforementioned McLaren F1, a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette XP-87 Stingray raced and designed by former GM President of Design Bill Mitchell, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond in Goldfinger, a pristine and drool worth 1967 Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa by Scaglietti, and the most epic of pieces in the gallery, a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Streamliner that was once driven by both Juan-Manuel Fangio, and Sir Stirling Moss. If there’s just one gallery you visit while at the Petersen Automotive Museum, you should visit this one. You’ll spend hours poring over the details of each of the cars housed in the Precious Metal exhibit.
RELATED: Click Here to Watch a Video on Bruce Meyer’s Car Collection
The Petersen Automotive Museum will open its doors to the public on Dec. 7, and tickets for adults will only cost $15 per person, less if you’re a senior, veteran, child or on a school visit. If you have any interest in cars, any interest in history, or any interest in design, check out the Petersen Automotive Museum, it’s an amazing look into the world of the automobile.
RELATED: Did Forza 6 Release Ford’s GT Horsepower Figures?