Petersen Automotive Museum - Los Angeles, CA USA
Located on the corner of Wilshire & Fairfax in Los Angeles, California, the Petersen Automotive Museum encompasses more than 100,000 square feet- celebrating the exploration, design, and engineering of the automobile. The Museum spans four floors and features more than 150 rare: cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The Petersen opened its "Vault" in 2013- giving enthusiasts and visitors an exclusive look into the museums private collection featuring some 150 iconic cars like: Steve Mcqueen's Jaguar XKSS and Elvis Presley's Detomaso Pantera.
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. Designers at The Scenic Route configured interior spaces to accommodate changing exhibits. The remodeled museum opened to the public on December 7, 2015.