My Favorite Rides at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Some people are car people. Like Jave. Ask him what his dream car is and he won’t hesitate to tell you it’s a Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard in black or silver.
I’m not really a car person. I’ve been a loyal Honda girl since I got my first car when I was 19. Honda is one of the few brands I’ve actually been loyal to throughout the years because they get great mileage – which is important to any Angeleno – and because as long as you take care of them, they’re very durable.
Although I’m not really into cars, I have given a bit of thought to which car I’ll add to my Honda portfolio of one when the time comes. If you were to ask me what my dream car is, I’d say it’s a Porsche Panamera S or an Audi RS7. I’d take either of these cars in white. And trust me, the only reason I know the model names is because I Google’d them. But for my daily driving – even when I become a millionaire – I’ll still roll my Honda. Nope, I don’t intend to blow my money on cars. Art, real estate and travel…absolutely!
Anyway, I digress.
Knowing that Jave is a car aficionado, and always on the lookout for something cool to do around L.A., I thought it’d be fun to spend an afternoon at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Miracle Mile in L.A.
The museum, which was founded in 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen (publisher of Hot Rod Magazine and Modern Bride among other titles) and his wife Margie, was originally located in L.A.’s Natural History Museum. Today, the museum sits in a former department store that’s windowless in order to protect the cars from ultraviolet radiation that results from direct sunlight. Last year, the building’s façade was renovated by the architectural firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox, for a cool $90 million.
Today, the museum houses an ever-evolving collection, and there’s even a vault with hundreds of other cars. A tour of the vault costs extra, so we skipped it. Even if you’re not really into cars, there are just so many shiny, classic cars on display at Petersen’s that I dare you to get bored there. Plus, exhibits and vehicles on display are changed regularly.
During our visit, I took an ungodly number of pictures, but I won’t share all of them in this post – only snapshots of my favorite rides on display at the museum. Enjoy!
*Visit the Petersen Automotive Museum’s website for more details and to plan your visit.