VIP Shelby Tribute
Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

VIP Shelby Tribute

In celebration of Carroll Shelby’s legacy and his contributions to automotive engineering and motorsports in-whole, the Petersen will be hosting an exclusive 2-day event featuring a once-in-a-lifetime panel discussion of legendary drivers, Forza driving competition and live entertainment. The following day, the museum will host one of the largest Shelby cruise-ins in the U.S. with more than 400 Mustangs and Cobras.

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Annual Carroll Shelby Cruise-In
Jan
6
9:00 AM09:00

Annual Carroll Shelby Cruise-In

Come see some of the fastest, rarest and most beloved Shelby’s of all time. The Petersen will celebrate Carroll Shelby’s birthday by having a cruise-in on the third floor parking structure of the museum. We invite all car enthusiasts to participate in the car show and contest. 

Cars will be displayed on the 3rd floor of the museum’s parking structure. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to attend. Coffee and snacks will be free to all attendees

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CF200 Exclusive Event: Grand National Roadster Show Move-In Night
Jan
24
10:00 PM22:00

CF200 Exclusive Event: Grand National Roadster Show Move-In Night

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This is an exclusive invitation for Checkered Flag 200 level members at the Petersen, who receive full event details via email. To join Checkered Flag and register for this event, please visit our website or call 323-964-6366

*Dates and times subject to change*

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ROSSO- 25 Years of FCASW Cruise-In
Feb
17
8:00 AM08:00

ROSSO- 25 Years of FCASW Cruise-In

Join us as the Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates 25 years of FCASW with the 6th annual Ferrari cruise-in. The cruise-in is set to the be the largest gathering of Ferrari on the west coast. 

Cars will be displayed on the 3rd floor of the museum’s parking structure. All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to attend. Coffee and snacks will be free to all attendees

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Never Lift: The Bruce Meyer Collection Exhibition Opening
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Never Lift: The Bruce Meyer Collection Exhibition Opening

Southern California is considered the epicenter for car collecting and there are few collectors that have the reputation of Mr. Bruce Meyer. With iconic cars like Cobra #1, the winningest Ferrari 250TR, and Le Mans winning Kremer 935, the newest exhibition at the museum will feature 11 of Bruce Meyer’s Cars.

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RM | Sotheby's Auction
Dec
7
to Dec 8

RM | Sotheby's Auction

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For the past five years, the RM Sotheby's Group has hosted its Southern California event in Santa Monica under the RM Auctions and former Auctions America banner. Moving to the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA proper for 2018, the caliber of the event will be akin to RM Sotheby's groundbreaking New York collector car auctions, held biennially at Sotheby's global headquarters in Manhattan. The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction will feature approximately 50–60 blue-chip automobiles, hand-selected by RM Sotheby's global team of 30 Car Specialists.

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RADwood Cruise-in
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

RADwood Cruise-in

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RADwood is a celebration of '80s and '90s automotive lifestyle. The car show that blends period correct dress with automotive awesomeness. A period correct event for cars, trucks, and bikes from 1980-1999 that captures the essence of a bodacious era. Wear your best '80s and '90s clothing and bring your rollerblades or BMX bike, because it's going to get RAD!

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Building the Electric Future Panel Discussion
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

Building the Electric Future Panel Discussion

In celebration of the Petersen’s new partnership with EVGO, the museum will host ribbon cutting of their new DC fast chargers along with a 30-minute panel discussion around how to build an electric car charging network. The panel discussion will feature speakers from EVGO, BMW, and the Petersen.

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Legends of Los Angeles VIP Exhibition Reception
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Legends of Los Angeles VIP Exhibition Reception

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VIP EXHIBITION RECEPTION | NOVEMBER 8TH | 7 PM
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | NOVEMBER 10TH

In celebration of Parnelli Jones’s legacy and his contributions to automotive engineering and motorsports as a whole, we welcome guests to the opening reception of Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and their Builders. The reception will include a video presentation about Parnelli Jones and his achievements and a guided presentation of the vehicles in the exhibit. The evening will end with an auction featuring signed Parnelli memorabilia.

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The Spirit of Monozukuri
Nov
1
to Nov 4

The Spirit of Monozukuri

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From November 2st - November 4th, join the Petersen Automotive Museum as we celebrate the spirit of monozukuri with a three day long celebration and a very special “Twilight Festival” that correlates with culture day in Japan.

Whether utilizing monozukuri on the manufacturing floor or in a small pottery studio, the spirit of monozukuri weaves its way through much of Japanese craftsmanship and art.  The Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting “The Spirit of Monozukuri” in celebration of and in conjunction with The Roots of Monozukuri, an exhibit which examines the unique characteristics of lean manufacturing in an automotive context. We will feature various artisans, craftsmen, and performers to share how each industry utilizes monozukuri in the pursuit of their art.

Featuring calligraphy art, sumi ink art, bonsai, origami and more!

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October Breakfast Club Cruise-In
Oct
28
8:00 AM08:00

October Breakfast Club Cruise-In

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Immersed in the heart of Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile, extraordinary cars will be gathered at the Petersen Automotive Museum for our monthly Breakfast Club Cruise-In. Join us for a morning of conversation, laughs and some truly amazing performance and classic cars. Enjoy strolling through rows of classic, custom, exotic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more! 

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Member Exclusive Specialty Vault Tour
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Member Exclusive Specialty Vault Tour

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Morning Specialty Vault Tours are a member-exclusive educational exploration of the Petersen’s ever-changing Vault presented by Hagerty®. This event will provide an inside look at vehicles by independent producers in the Vault presented by Hagerty®. Members will receive complete event details via email. Tickets will be $10 for each member and a +1 only. Regular vault tour rules apply. 

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Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin': Movie and Discussion with Robert Williams, Mat Gleason, and the filmmakers
Oct
13
6:30 PM18:30

Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin': Movie and Discussion with Robert Williams, Mat Gleason, and the filmmakers

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Robert Williams is a prolific artist who never quite fit in with the traditional art scene. Schooled in Southern California hot rod culture, Williams became a leader in the underground comics and art worlds. In 1994, he started Juxtapoz Magazine, providing a forum for the legions of artists who had been isolated from the mainstream contemporary art world.

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24 Annual Gala - Hosted by Jay Leno
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

24 Annual Gala - Hosted by Jay Leno

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THE EVOLUTION OF AN ICON

Celebrating the phenomenal success of the Petersen's exhibition “The Porsche Effect” and the 70th anniversary of the Porsche marque, the museum in partnership with Porsche is hosting its 24th annual Gala on Friday, October 5, 2018. The Petersen will honor Dr. Wolfgang Porsche and feature Jay Leno as host for the evening, food by the Drago brothers, and a chance to win superb once-in-a-lifetime experiences during the Gala live auction.

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MADE POSSIBLE BY: 

THE MARGIE AND ROBERT E. PETERSEN FOUNDATION

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September Breakfast Club Cruise-In
Sep
30
8:00 AM08:00

September Breakfast Club Cruise-In

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Immersed in the heart of Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile, extraordinary cars will be gathered at the Petersen Automotive Museum for our monthly Breakfast Club Cruise-In. Join us for a morning of conversation, laughs and some truly amazing performance and classic cars. Enjoy strolling through rows of classic, custom, exotic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more! Complimentary parking, coffee, and bagels are provided to those attending!

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Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School Opening Reception
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School Opening Reception

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Open to the public September 29th 
Opening reception September 27th 
VIP 6 pm | General 7 pm

Be the first to experience how the culture of car customization influenced contemporary art at the opening of Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School. The Petersen Automotive Museum will host a private opening reception featuring opening remarks, music, and food by Drago. The VIP ticket includes early access to the exhibit and a copy of the exhibit book. 

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Movie Night: New Initial D Trilogy
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Movie Night: New Initial D Trilogy

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Join us on September 14 for a viewing of the new Initial D trilogy, co-presented by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and the Petersen Automotive Museum. All three films will be screened over the course of the evening. Light refreshments and Japanese animation goodies bag (limited supply) will be provided.

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Member Exclusive Specialty Vault Tour
Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

Member Exclusive Specialty Vault Tour

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Morning Specialty Vault Tours are a member-exclusive educational exploration of the Petersen’s ever-changing Vault presented by Hagerty®. This event will provide an inside look at vehicles by independent producers in the Vault presented by Hagerty®. Members will receive complete event details via email. Tickets will be $10 for each member and a +1 only. Regular vault tour rules apply. 

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Movie Night: Cars 3
Aug
31
7:30 PM19:30

Movie Night: Cars 3

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Lightning McQueen is back.

Struggling to maintain his lead in the ever-evolving world of racing, Lightning McQueen is finding that his old-school methods no longer measure up to the younger, high-tech racers of today. In an effort to remain relevant, Lightning undergoes training at a cutting-edge facility for new racecars, only to find that maybe he’s not cut out for this new world of racing. 

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August Breakfast Club Cruise-In
Aug
26
8:00 AM08:00

August Breakfast Club Cruise-In

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Immersed in the heart of Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile, extraordinary cars will be gathered at the Petersen Automotive Museum for our monthly Breakfast Club Cruise-In. Join us for a morning of conversation, laughs and some truly amazing performance and classic cars. Enjoy strolling through rows of classic, custom, exotic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more! 

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Rimac C_Two Supercar Preview
Aug
17
to Aug 19

Rimac C_Two Supercar Preview

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Experience a special preview of the new C_Two supercar on display inside the Petersen's Grand Concourse throughout this weekend.

Visitors moving through the museum lobby will get an up close view of this semi-autonomous all-electric sports car designed and manufactured by Croatian automaker Rimac Automobili.

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Reimagining Mobility for Los Angeles
Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

Reimagining Mobility for Los Angeles

On August 15, please join Japan House Los Angeles and the Petersen Museum in “Reimagining Mobility for Los Angeles”, a remarkable evening of insight into the next stages of mobility. University of Tokyo Professor, Shunji Yamanaka and UCLA Studio Professor, Greg Lynn, will share their visions for Los Angeles with a member of the City of L.A.’s urban design team, linking technology, transportation, and urban development.


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Member Morning Specialty Vault Tour: Motorsports
Aug
12
9:00 AM09:00

Member Morning Specialty Vault Tour: Motorsports

*Date and time subject to change*

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Morning Specialty Vault Tours are a member-exclusive educational exploration of the Petersen’s ever-changing Vault presented by Hagerty®. This event will provide an inside look at the motorsports vehicles in the Vault presented by Hagerty®. Members will receive complete event details via email. Tickets will be $10 for each member and a +1 only. Regular vault tour rules apply. 

Members receive full registration information via email to access these exclusive events. Not a member? Join today by visiting Petersen.org/membership or call 323-964-6324 to speak with a staff member.

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Curator Talk: The Roots of Monozukuri
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Curator Talk: The Roots of Monozukuri

Nearly two out of every five automobiles on American roads are Japanese makes, a sign of the global reach of Japanese car manufacturers. This was not always the case. The latter half of the twentieth century witnessed the ascendancy of Japanese automakers, and with it the introduction of manufacturing styles that would spread globally along with the cars.




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Member Exclusive Event: Cars and Conversation
Aug
4
8:00 AM08:00

Member Exclusive Event: Cars and Conversation

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Cars and Conversation is a member-exclusive educational exploration of the Petersen’s ever-changing exhibitions. This event will provide an inside look at the Custom Revolution exhibit. Members will receive complete event details via email. 

Members receive full registration information via email to access these exclusive events. Not a member? Join today by visiting Petersen.org/membership or call 323-964-6324 to speak with a staff member.

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Cars & Fashion Featuring ESCADA and Porsche Design
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

Cars & Fashion Featuring ESCADA and Porsche Design

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Join us for an exciting night of fabulous fashion, cars, people, and music featuring ESCADA and Porsche Design in partnership with LA Fashion Week. Enjoy an exclusive first look as these style icons reveal their Spring 2019 designs in our sensational new exhibit, The Porsche Effect.

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Japanese Car Cruise-In & Super Street Meet
Jul
22
9:00 AM09:00

Japanese Car Cruise-In & Super Street Meet

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Japanese Cruise-In & Super Street Meet is set to take place on Sunday, July 22nd. Last year’s event brought out hundreds of SoCal’s finest street, show, and track cars, from Civics to Skylines and everything in between! All Japanese makes and models are welcome. Members will have Early Access to the museum from 9am–10am by showing their membership cards. Not a member? Join today!

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Member Morning Specialty Vault Tour: Luxury Cars
Jul
8
9:00 AM09:00

Member Morning Specialty Vault Tour: Luxury Cars

*Date and time subject to change*

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Morning Specialty Vault Tours are a member-exclusive educational exploration of the Petersen’s ever-changing Vault presented by Hagerty®. This event will provide an inside look at the luxury vehicles in the Vault presented by Hagerty®. Members will receive complete event details via email. Tickets will be $10 for each member and a +1 only. Regular vault tour rules apply. 

Members receive full registration information via email to access these exclusive events. Not a member? Join today by visiting Petersen.org/membership or call 323-964-6324 to speak with a staff member.

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