The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has reopened its doors, offering car lovers a chance to get up close and personal with a vast array of legendary vehicles, including many rare and interesting GM models.
The Petersen Automotive Museum was forced to close last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with exhibits going online via virtual tours posted to YouTube. Now, the museum is once again opening up for fans to visit in-person.
Visitors have numerous exhibits to walk through and enjoy, including:
- Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed
- Hollywood Dream Machines
- Porsche: Redefining Performance
- Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection
- Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success
- Alternating Currents: The Fall and Rise of Electric Vehicles
- Silver Shotgun: Italian Motorcycle Design of the 1960s and 1970s
- Extreme Conditions (off-roaders)
- The Aesthetic of Motors: 90 Years of Pininfarina
What’s more, The Vault, which is located underneath the main museum and houses over 200 vehicles from across 120 years of automotive history, is also available for self-guided tours.
Naturally, General Motors fans can expect to see a variety of GM models across several of the exhibits, with standouts including:
- Chip Ganassi Racing’s Daytona 500-winning 2010 Chevy Impala NASCAR Cup racer
- 2002 Cadillac Cien concept
- James Hetfield’s custom 1953 Buick Skylark “Skyscraper”
- 1970 Chevy Nova Off-Road Racer “Snortin Nortin”
- 1992 GM Ultralite (featured in the film Demolition Man)
- 1996 GM EV1
GM Authority will feature each of these vehicles (plus a few more) in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
For those interested in visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum, ticket purchases are required in advance, and are available on the Petersen Automotive Museum website. Adult tickets are $16, Child tickets (ages 4 to 17) are $11, and Senior tickets (ages 62+) are $14. Tickets to The Vault require a General Admission ticket, and are priced at $20. Health care workers and first responders get in for free.
In light of health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Petersen Automotive Museum is operating at 25-percent capacity, and several safety protocols are in place, including face mask requirements. Visitors are also offered a stylus for use with things like elevator buttons for a touch-free experience.