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Petersen’s Automotive Museum reopens with a futuristic take on Hollywood glamour




A general view of atmosphere at the World’s Greatest Sports Coupe exhibit opening celebration with Jaguar at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
A general view of atmosphere at the World’s Greatest Sports Coupe exhibit opening celebration with Jaguar at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Petersen Automo

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Petersen’s Automotive Museum is hard to miss on the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.

The museum’s gleaming, wavy aluminum shell, designed by the New York firm, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, has gotten mixed reviews, but its eye-catching aesthetics could be a good reason for newcomers to visit when Petersen’s reopens on Dec. 5.

Petersen’s first opened its doors in 1994, and was known for its celebration of Hollywood and its famous automobiles. The museum closed for reconstruction in 2014 with plans for a futuristic take on the automotive industry while keeping its roots in the allure of Tinseltown.

Now, Petersen’s will feature three floors with 25 new interactive galleries dedicated to the history, industry and artistry of the automobile, as well as famous film and television cars such as the 1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi convertible from "Magnum P.I.," the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 rendition of "Batman" and the 2016 Aston Martin DB10 which served as James Bond’s latest ride for the film, "Spectre." The museum will also feature Steve McQueen’s legendary 1956 Jaguar XKSS.

Larry Mantle talks with Petersen’s executive director, Terry L. Karges, for an inside perspective on the museum’s revival and what car enthusiasts can expect when its doors reopen.

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Terry L. Karges, executive director of Petersen’s Automotive Museum



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