The Petersen Museum

Today’s Post by Mark Toal


I recently visited the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. After a major renovation, the museum re-opened in 201. I knew from the moment that I walked in that this was going to be an amazing experience. The huge black Rolls Royce with round doors greets you is breathtaking in its size and art deco design. I’ve never been to a car museum where I saw so many cars that I never knew existed. The emphasis here is on over-the-top design, not just on showing you restored cars.

Red car

That art deco influence is everywhere. I didn’t think that I would ever leave the room that only contains silver cars called “Precious Metal.” Combined with the white walls and cement floors it felt like I was in a black and white world.

The Bruce Meyer Family Gallery is a rotating second-floor exhibit space that launches with “Precious Metal” – a look at the most significant cars ever to wear silver paint. Many of the ten automobiles that are on display in have not been seen by the public outside of the occasional Concours d’Elegance.

Silver cars

At the Petersen the best was to see it is to start on the top, 3rd floor and work your way down. This is the first museum I can remember where I headed right back to the top to see it all again. As you can see in the photos there are no ropes or railings to get in the way of your photos. The Petersen Museum is nothing short of amazing.

  • Open every day: 10AM – 6PM
  • 6060 Wilshire Blvd
  • Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • (323) 930-CARS (2277)