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Fund the Getaway
Oct
1
to Nov 25

Fund the Getaway

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Join the Petersen Automotive Museum in restoring our 1969 Corwin Getaway. The Corwin was built in Los Angeles by African-American Cliff Hall and named after the primary financial backer of the project, Beverly Hills businessman Louis Corwin. Tiny by 1960s domestic standards, the Corwin represents a significant early effort to develop a mid-engine automobile that could provide residents a nimble vehicle that was small enough to maneuver easily in traffic.

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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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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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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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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

SOLD OUT

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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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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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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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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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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July 4th All American Cruise-In
Jul
4
8:00 AM08:00

July 4th All American Cruise-In

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Celebrate Independence Day at the Petersen Automotive Museum's first-ever 4th of July All American Cruise-In. Help us pay homage to the cars that helped shape the American automotive industry, which have attributed to the freedom of mobility and expression of personal style across the nation. Bring your hot rods, muscle cars, and classics for a morning of conversation, laughs, and some truly amazing vehiclesAmerican or otherwise! Complimentary parking, coffee, and bagels are provided to those attending.

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The Petersen at 626 Night Market
Jun
30
4:00 PM16:00

The Petersen at 626 Night Market

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The Petersen Automotive Museum and 86FEST are joining Toyota SoCal for The Toyota Owners Showcase on June 30th!

Visit the Petersen table at the Toyota SoCal Lounge and subscribe to our email newsletter to receive a discount voucher for $5 off general admission tickets to the museum, featuring three new exhibitions that showcase the craft and history of Japanese automaking.

If you own a modified Toyota or Scion vehicle, join us at 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park from 4 to 10 pm. Participants of the showcase will have the chance to win cash prizes from Toyota and receive Petersen awards for exceptional vehicle builds.

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Hoods Up on Father's Day
Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Hoods Up on Father's Day

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Get an inside look at some of our most extraordinary engines!

Once a year on Father's Day we pop the hoods on a selection of our favorite vehicles. Last year we showcased cars like our ‘56 Jaguar XKSS. This year we’ll be opening up a whole new set of vehicles, including our ‘54 Plymouth Explorer by Ghia and the ‘64 Porsche 901.

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Michelin 24 Hours Forza Challenge
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Michelin 24 Hours Forza Challenge

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On Saturday, June 16, the Petersen Automotive Museum presents one of the largest and most interactive esport events of the year. The Petersen, in conjunction with Michelin and Forza Motorsport, will host an immersive Le Mans viewing party where you can watch Le Mans live and compete in person for digital on-track dominance in the Bobby Rahal Family Gallery. All attendees will have the chance to set a lap time in Forza, entering them to win an Xbox One S 500GB Console or Petersen Museum dual membership. The ticket includes access to the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery with regional auto industry aficionados, a 30-minute Le Mans focused Vault tour at 3:30 pm, food and drinks, and DJ Sam Kofa.

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Movie Night: The 24 Hour War
Jun
3
6:30 PM18:30

Movie Night: The 24 Hour War

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The Ford versus Ferrari rivalry is one of the most famous battles in racing history. In the early 1960s, Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari went to war, and used the 24 Hours of Le Mans as their battlefield. This epic battle saw drivers lose their lives, family dynasties nearly collapse and the development of a new race car that changed racing—the GT40. 

This event is free to the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

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LEGO® McLaren 720S Build Day
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

LEGO® McLaren 720S Build Day

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*Event included with general admission ticket.

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On June 2nd, the amazing full scale model of the McLaren 720S supercar - made almost entirely of LEGO® bricks - will be introduced to the North American market. Visitors to this interactive event are invited to place orange LEGO® bricks on designated parts of the McLaren, helping to reach it's completion. The build day will also feature presentations and discussions with LEGO® Master Builder Chris Steininger and McLaren Head of Design Operations Mark Roberts. LEGO® Speed Champions toy sets will be available for purchase in the Petersen Store.

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The World Tour - A New Vault Experience
May
31
10:00 AM10:00

The World Tour - A New Vault Experience

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Gain access to the museum’s most celebrated vehicles. Discover more than 250 of the most iconic cars, motorcycles, and trucks from around the world. Experience everything from hypercars to hollywood legends. The Vault is home to cars representing over 120 years of automotive history, some of which have rarely been seen by the public.

*Members receive 50% off VIP tickets. Not a member? Click here to become a member today or call 323-964-6366. 

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May Breakfast Club Cruise-In
May
27
8:00 AM08:00

May Breakfast Club Cruise-In

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May 27th | 8 am | Museum Parking Structure Level P3

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!

The Petersen store will also be open for those hoping to go home with something special to remember the day. To see what the store has to offer click here.

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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The Roots of Monozukuri and Fine Tuning Opening Reception
May
24
6:30 PM18:30

The Roots of Monozukuri and Fine Tuning Opening Reception

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The Petersen Automotive Museum is excited to announce its two newest exhibitions, The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking and Fine Tuning: Japanese/American Customs.

Prior to the public opening, the museum will open the doors to the exhibit early and host a limited number of guests for a preview reception on Thursday, May 24, 2018. The event will include opening remarks, music, food, and drinks throughout the night. VIP admission includes a copy of The Roots of Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking exhibit book.

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Artist Talk: Ranflas y Inspiración: Re-imagining the Lowrider
May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Artist Talk: Ranflas y Inspiración: Re-imagining the Lowrider

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Sunday May 20th | 12 to 2 pm | William E Connor Penthouse

This artist panel will bring together four diverse and dynamic artists featured in the current exhibition The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración.  The lowrider car has become an artistic medium and an art object. These artists have re-worked and re-imagined the lowrider car’s form and aesthetics. They also reflect the lowrider through a multitude of lenses, and their work reveals the medium as “liminal space”, a “be-twixt and between” wherein values and meanings are constantly in flux. 

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Phil Hill Tribute & Book Launch
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Phil Hill Tribute & Book Launch

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Join the Petersen in welcoming Derek Hill and Steve Dawson as they discuss the book "Inside Track: Phil Hill - Ferrari’s American World Champion His story, His Photography." The discussion will be followed by a short Q&A with the audience. This event is open to the public and drinks & snacks will be provided following the discussion in Drago Ristorante.

Members are invited to an early meet and greet at 5:30. Not a member? Become one today!

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Movie Night: One Team One Target
May
6
6:30 PM18:30

Movie Night: One Team One Target

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The 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring is known as the world's biggest motorsports event. More than 200,000 fans set up their camp in the Eifel forest and cheer for their heroes in the 210 race cars. Lap after lap. Hour after hour. Day and night. It's the stage for great stories. From the first test drive to the chequered flag coming down - the film follows the BMW team along their path towards winning the 24-Hour Race.

This event is free to the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

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Future of the Automobile Conference
May
3
8:30 AM08:30

Future of the Automobile Conference

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The Future of the Automobile Conference is a one day event on May 3, 2018, held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in collaboration with the LA World Affairs Council brings together immersive and inspirational talks, demos, test drives and exhibitions to give a glimpse into the future of our mobility. The conference will explore the brave new world of the personal transportation revolution that is set to transform every city in the world.

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Breakfast Club Cruise-In
Apr
29
8:00 AM08:00

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!

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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Haptics in Automobiles Panel
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Haptics in Automobiles Panel

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The automotive space has always been a center of innovative technologies. While advances in propulsion and aerodynamics are obvious examples, there are also leaps made in many other aspects of cars. For example, new technologies are constantly being developed that improve the interface between car and driver. In today's world, developments in haptics are fostering new means for controlling various systems within the car. These touch-based systems promise to improve convenience, safety, and control.

Join us for a panel discussion and hands-on demonstrations of new haptic technologies. Light refreshments will be served.

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Luft x Petersen
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Luft x Petersen

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To kick off the 5th edition of Luftgekühlt, the 30th anniversary of the Porsche 964 Debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1988 (89-94), and the recent opening of The Porsche Effect exhibition, the Petersen Automotive Museum will host a VIP event on Friday, April 20 with live entertainment, food, drink, panel discussion, and a cruise-in gallery of significant air-cooled cars.

This indoor/outdoor event will feature a concourse of air-cooled Porsches, a projection wall, DJ, curated photo opportunities, food and beverage, and an exclusive gift package. VIP Tickets will be treated to an exclusive experience in the William E. Connor rooftop penthouse, including access to the panelists, special alcohol tastings, and more.

General admission: $120

VIP Penthouse: $299

*Must be 21+ to attend*

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Custom Revolution Exhibit Opening
Apr
13
6:15 PM18:15

Custom Revolution Exhibit Opening

SOLD OUT

Guest curated by Paul d'Orléans

Supported by TheVintagent.com and the Motorcycle Arts Foundation

Custom Revolution gathers the most avant-garde and influential custom motorcycles from independent builders around the world. These young mavericks push the creative edges of motorcycle design, using both new and old engines, new and old chassis ideas, and truly innovative styling. It’s a whole new scene, led by globally connected, internet savvy designer/builders, whose work has grown beyond the “show” circuit to dramatically in uence the current generation of factory-built machines.

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