Following a 13-month total transformation and $125 million capital campaign, the beloved Los Angeles institution will unveil the museum of the future December 2015.
The museum features some of the world’s most valuable and significant cars and motorcycles plus the latest immersive technology, including the Forza Motorsports Racing Experience and Pixar Cars Mechanical Institute with proprietary augmented-reality CARSpad tablets.
Three themed floors are devoted to the history, industry and art of the automobile; the Petersen’s famous basement Vault, where non-displayed vehicles are stored, will re-open for tours in January 2016.
The Petersen building itself at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard is already being considered one of Los Angeles’s truly iconic architectural structures. Stainless steel ribbons float over the bold red building, evoking imagery of speed and the organic curves of a coach-built automobile
“We believe the New Petersen is one of the top automotive experiences in the world,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges.
Kohn Pedersen Associates (KPF) was the lead architecture firm and A. Zahner Co. were the architectural metal experts.