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Petersen Automotive Museum


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An automotive history museum founded in 1994 and located in Los Angeles, California.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Petersen Automotive Museum page on 29 July 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard along Museum Row in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. One of the world's largest automotive museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a nonprofit organization specializing in automobile history and related educational programs.

Founded on June 11, 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie, the $40-million Petersen Automotive Museum is owned and operated by the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation. The museum was originally located within the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and later moved to a historic department store designed by Welton Becket. Opened in 1962, the building first served as a short-lived U.S. branch of Seibu Department Stores, before operating as an Ohrbach's department store from 1965 to 1986. Six years after Ohrbach's closed, Robert Petersen selected the largely windowless site as an ideal space for a museum—allowing artifacts to be displayed without harmful exposure to direct sunlight.

In 2015, the museum underwent an extensive $125 million renovation. The building's façade was redesigned by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, and features a stainless-steel ribbon assembly made of 100 tons of 14-gauge type 304 steel in 308 sections, 25 supports and 140,000 custom stainless-steel screws. An Interpretive Master Plan, performed by ObjectIDEA and Brent Johnson Design, re-envisioned the exhibition program and re-organized the collection as three museum experiences under one roof: "The History, Industry, and Artistry of the Automobile." Designers at The Scenic Route configured interior spaces to accommodate changing exhibits. The remodeled museum opened to the public on December 7, 2015.


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27 August 2003AMERICA'S RIDE. THE SECOND ANNUAL AMERICA'S RIDE KICK START PARTY TO BE HELD AT THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM.Max Media
27 August 2003AMERICAS RIDE. THIS WEEKEND. THE SECOND ANNUAL AMERICA'S RIDE KICK START PARTY TO BE HELD AT THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUMMax Media


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