Though the cause of the car's extinction is debated between those who blame meteors and those who insist it was the unstoppable spread of speed ramps, the automobile's legacy lives on in memoriam. Today's Groupon invites the nostalgic to explore the Petersen Automotive Museum with an adult general-admission ticket for $6. Trace the mighty impression the car has made on our world through edifying exhibitions and a collection of more than 150 rare vehicles.
The Petersen Automotive Museum covers 100 years of car culture and Los Angeles history as influenced by the roadster. Three floors house a total of 300,000 square feet of automotive space, featuring replica facades that transport audiences back to early 20th-century Southern Californian streets peppered with classic cars. Car-ists can navigate the film-star wheels of the Hollywood Gallery or trace the progression of alternative power to see how buggies have summoned the strength to haul families and golf bags from as early as 1897.
Wheelers of all ages can find items of intrigue with displays such as the Hot Wheels Hall of Fame, which hosts miniature and full-size dragsters in one enormous, interactive space. From toys to movies to music, cars have held a crucial position in the shaping of our modern culture. With vehicles ranging from the beautiful to the surreal, The Petersen reminds us all that without innovative autos, our imaginations would dull and our roads would ripen with unattended potholes.
- Indeed, this museum says more about the city than probably any other in L.A. Named for Robert Petersen, the publisher responsible for Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines, the four-story, 300,000-square-foot museum displays more than 200 cars and motorcycles, from the historic to the futuristic.
- Some of the cars are just amazing. You can't believe them till you see them. But in addition to the deliberately bizarre ones (the batmobile, a Rolls Royce with round doors, etc.) there is a really fascinating array of ordinary ones and quirky ones...There are art galleries in other cities, but no museum like this: I recommend you visit! – JdeP, TripAdvisor
- This is the place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Meandering around this museum gets you interesting historic facts on America's early automotive days. For those who are star struck, the Peterson also houses famous cars from television and movies. Those of us who love fast cars and kustom cars, this is also the place to go. – izelmorena, Citysearch
- Schedule a full day to see all the exhibits and ogle the beautifully restored vehicles kept here. It's a great trip for the whole family, or present for an automotive buff. – Kayotae, Citysearch
Petersen Automotive Museum
Two decades after The Petersen Automotive Museum opened its doors to the public, the museum celebrates its 21st year anniversary with a complete redesign, adding 25 new mesmerizing galleries totaling over 100,000 square feet. 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.
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