"Gear Head Heaven" In Beverly Hills
If you're a car nut, as in really love cars, we present "Gear Head Heaven" better known as the Petersen Auto Museum.
PutnamLIVE.com recently took a road trip, and we do mean road trip, to beautiful Beverly Hills, California. Our camera captured dozens of photos of some classic cruisers at The Petersen.
We're talking four floors of cool rides ranging from Vintage antiques to convertibles to Elvis' blue Cadillac and yellow Pantera to The Batmobile to hybrids, to The General Lee, to a customized Rolls Royce Coupe, to motorcycles to dragsters, to Hot Wheels of all shapes, sizes, and varieties.
The Petersen Automotive Museum was founded in 1994 by Margie and Robert Petersen who have donated $30 million to put on the world's greatest auto show. The Petersen is located on world famous Wilshire Boulevard, the show of colorful cars starts as soon as you get off the 405. While you cruise through Beverly Hills you are bound to see a Rolls, Jag, Lamborghini, or Ferrari on your way to Petersen. This is, after all, Beverly Hills.
Once inside ($10 admission-plus $8 parking) the real show begins.
Permanent exhibits on the first floor trace the history of the automobile. Visitors are invited to walk through, not by, exhibits and dioramas and experience settings of early Los Angeles where the world’s first shopping district was designed.
The second floor presents five rotating galleries with state-of-the-art displays of racecars, classic cars, vintage motorcycles, concept cars, celebrity and movie cars, as well as automotive design and technology.
The May Family Discovery Center is located on the third floor. Designed to spark interest in science by way of the automobile, the 6,500 square-foot, interactive “hands-on” learning center teaches children basic scientific principles by explaining the fundamental functions of a car.
A spectacular all-glass penthouse conference center, Founder’s Lounge and kitchen, comprise the fourth floor, which is available for special events and functions. While you can rent The Petersen for private parties, unfortunately, they don't let you rent the cars or motorcycles. Unfortunately. But you can always close your eyes and imagine you are cruising up Pacific Coast Highway in one of these dream machines.
Walking through The Petersen is like taking a trip through time. Even the museum's restaurant, Johnny Rockets, has a classic feel. You'll want to allow several hours to stroll through The Petersen, then hit the gift shop on the way out.The Petersen Automotive Museum is worth the drive, even if you can't drive home in The Batmobile.
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