American automotive museums have come and gone until publishing magnate and philanthropist Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie opened the Petersen Automotive Museum. Before that, there was no central location in which to celebrate the entirety of automotive history, industry, culture, and artistry in Los Angeles, the city known for being the most car-centric place in the world. In honor of President’s Day, Boston Corporate Coach™ takes a look at the museum that houses President Dwight Eisenhower’s limousine, a 1956 Imperial Parade Phaeton car.
The original Petersen Automotive Museum opened in June 1994 as a branch of the Natural History Museum with a mission to explore and present the history of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example. With its full-size dioramas and engaging thematic galleries, the Petersen Museum rapidly established a new standard of interpretive excellence. In 2000 the museum separated from the Natural History Museum to become an independent entity owned by the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation. The new museum continued to thrive, winning awards and entertaining millions.
On the first floor, museum-goers are awed by the artistry of the automobile in the large Peter and Merle Mullin Design salon devoted to the world’s most beautiful automobiles. There’s also an art gallery in which the works of well-known artists are displayed. The second floor focuses on the industry of the automobile and explores racing, customization, manufacturing, and alternative-fuel technologies. The museum’s third floor is dedicated to the history of the automobile and includes a close look at Hollywood’s love of cars.
If you’re planning to travel to the Los Angeles area for either work or pleasure, Boston Corporate Coach suggests you include a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum. You can trust our recommendation since cars are our livelihood and we know all about them, past, present and future.
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