The Petersen plays a central and irreplaceable role in deepening and preserving automotive history in the U.S. We serve as custodians by preserving, presenting, and interpreting the past, present, and future of the automotive industry. The expertise embedded in our teams, collections, and exhibitions is a world-class resource for public engagement.

We continue to make big strides in building our archives through strategic partnerships. Our collaboration with SEMA has allowed us to digitize almost one million images in our library! We are also extremely proud to announce that the Ahmanson Foundation has awarded the Petersen a $123,000 grant to install a cold storage vault to properly house its extensive film collection to preserve it for future generations.

Help us BUILD on the Past and Future. Give today to the 25th Anniversary Campaign - Celebrating Silver, Going for Gold and be recognized during our 25th Anniversary Celebration on June 15th. Build your legacy into the next 25 years at the Petersen as we continue to do extraordinary things and exceed all expectations!

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We appreciate all donation inquiries and are happy to help with your philanthropic wishes. 

  • For vehicle donations, please call (323) 964-6385.

  • For artifacts and automobilia donations, please call (323) 964-6379.

  • For all monetary donations, please call (323) 964-6353.