Studying the automobile grants insight into human ingenuity, technological progress, and the reasons behind Optimus Prime’s frequent tantrums. Peek under the hood with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-year family membership (a $70 value) and a museum-branded Hot Wheels truck (a $9.95 value) at Petersen Automotive Museum (a $79.95 total value).
Three sprawling levels of exhibition space beckon to horsepower junkies with more than 150 rare and vintage rides arrayed across lifelike dioramas of early Los Angeles. The Station Wagon–level membership grants unlimited free admission for two adults and four gearheadlets under the age of 18, revealing a 300,000-square-foot Eden of acceleration. Perfect mouth-generated motor noises in one of the current and permanent exhibits, such as Scooters, highlighting historic two-wheelers through May 28, 2012, and Supercars, a sleek who's who of the most muscled Bugattis, Lamborghinis, and stuffed-trophy Ferraris, running through October 16. Lustrous paint jobs reflect gleeful grins in the ongoing Hot Wheels Hall of Fame, where proud car parents can introduce their included '38 Ford truck, replete with custom flames and Petersen logo, to its diminutive peers.
Brimming with motor-centric anecdotes and info, the Petersen Quarterly—included for one year with the Station Wagon membership—regales members with up-to-the-minute info on museum goings-on. Bond with other speed-demon clans at exclusive family nights or take advantage of the adults-only open house, which grants a peek at rarely exhibited wheels without having to cajole Batman out of doing donuts on your lawn.
Petersen Automotive Museum
Two decades after the Petersen Automotive Museum opened its doors to the public, the museum celebrated its 21st anniversary with a complete redesign, adding 25 new mesmerizing galleries totaling over 100,000 square feet. Now in its 23rd year, the museum has opened more exhibits in 2017 than it had in any previous year. New exhibits included "The High Art of Riding Low", "Seeing Red: 70 Years of Ferrari" and "The Art of Bugatti". Galleries containing more than 350 legendary vehicles compliment a suite of new interactive exhibits, including a Disney Pixar: Cars augmented reality experience and an Xbox/Forza racing simulation.
Xbox Forza Motorsport Racing Experience
The New Petersen will feature ten cutting-edge racing simulators and eight eight stand up consoles. Simulator competitions will be held regularly, including a special 24-hour Le Mans event during which qualifying teams will pilot simulators as if they were actually on the track in France, driver changes coinciding with race pit stops.
Disney Pixar Cars Mechanical Institute Children’s Educational Program
At the Mechanical Institute, beloved characters from the hit Cars movies such as Lightning McQueen and Mater guide teams of children through the ins and outs of how the engine, transmission, suspension, fuel and electrical systems work. Kids can also pick up an iPad for a unique experience building their very own race car from the initial sketch to their custom paint job. Using Augmented Reality, visitors can see each stage of their creation as actually a part of the museum's collection. The experience concludes with an exhilarating race supervised by Lightning McQueen.