Petersen Museum shows off its vault

Exclusive tours of the museums hidden collection

The Petersen Automotive museum in Los Angeles surely houses one of the most impressive car collections in the world. The museum underwent a massive remodeling in 2015 costing no less than 90 million dollars. That alone would be enough to entice you to visit, but now the museum has upped the ante. For a limited time they are hosting tours of their Vault, allowing you to see cars that are not part of the regular collection.


By Dennis Boxem

Rules for the tour are strict. Backpacks, food and drinks are not allowed, there’s no photography and you are required to stay with the group. There is also an extra 20 dollar surcharge on top of the entrance fee. The tour will however allow you to see some cars that rarely see the limelight.


According to the Petersen website the tour will give you a “behind the scenes” tour of some of the most unique cars in the collection that are not on display in the museum galleries. The Vault is home to cars representing over 100 years of automotive history, some of which have rarely been seen by the public. A docent will guide you through the Vault while sharing stories about a selection of the cars in our diverse collection.


Hollywood Legends
Visitors will see turn-of-the-twentieth-century cars, head-of-state cars, cars belonging to Hollywood legends, award-winning hot rods, cars that pushed the boundaries of innovation, and many other surprises. A few examples include a 1952/1956 Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton used by Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon; a 1923 Rolls-Royce owned by legendary actor Fred Astaire; the gold-plated, two-time AMBR (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster) winning roadster “Golden Star”; and the 30th of only 50 innovative Tuckers ever built – all in 1948.


The Vault tours are on selected daily times in januari. You can book your tickets and times on the Petersen website. If you are in the LA neighborhood, we strongly advise taking an extra day out to visit the museum. For more information, check the Petersen museum website

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