SPOILER ALERT: It’s awesome.
If you’ve ever been to The Petersen, you know what a “must-see” attraction it is, and not just for car-lovers. Some of the world’s most iconic and rare automobiles are kept here on display to help tell the story of our city, which was built around and for the automobile. So you’ll see the Batmobile, but you’ll also see an original Model T.
There’s only one small catch: The museum actually won’t be open until December, on its 20th birthday, after its massive renovation is complete. The cost is said to exceed $125 million, and the redesign includes a building facade of chrome silver ribbons that will be lit from beneath, evoking the “image of speed and organic curves of a coach-built automobile.” Check out this cool time-lapse video of construction progress.
What else can you expect? Oh, not much, just TWENTY-TWO NEW GALLERIES OF CARS, CARS, AND MORE CARS. Plus, all the interactive technology to put you in the driver’s seat of automobiles from your wildest fantasies. You’ll be able to check out a revolving collection of BMW’s “Art Cars,” designed by artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Jenny Holzer, and more. Watch how a Maserati gets built from concept to completion, and take a spin one of several legendary racing circuits in a virtual reality driving simulator. That’s what’s up.
Before you visit, make sure you download The Petersen app. You wouldn’t go into a 3D movie without your 3D glasses, why would you go into this epic museum experience without the app that opens up new ways to explore, engage, and interact with the exhibits? Check out the demo video below and then visit the App Store to download!