July 18, 2013
The Los Angeles Times recently ran an article titled, “Petersen Automotive Museum takes a major detour,” which we believe is not a completely accurate representation of our intentions. The Executive Director of the Petersen, Terry Karges, did an interview with KPCC radio to discuss what the future will hold for the museum.
Below is our official statement, click here to listen to the full interview.
The Petersen Automotive Museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014 and we are in the planning stages for a total transformation of our museum and an expansion of our mission. Our founder Robert E. Petersen's vision of a museum that encapsulates southern California car culture will be preserved and protected as a destination not just for car lovers but for all people interested in the art, design and history of the automobile. As with any well-curated museum, our collection is constantly evolving and we are making room for new additions and vehicles that will make a major impact on future exhibitions while also culling some vehicles that can still be procured when necessary for display. We are working with community leaders, world-renowned automotive collectors and consulting with experts on a redesign of the museum inside and out to ensure the Petersen continues to be the epicenter of car culture. More details on the evolving collection and the museum itself will be released next month at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.