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FROM MILD TO WILD
The Petersen Museum’s Extreme Makeover

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Published on Sat, Dec 5, 2015

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

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A starry day at the new Petersen Museum (R Nakano)

After 20 years as the Southland’s most iconic automotive museum, the Petersen closed its doors for a year to undergo an unprecedented makeover. The 1960s era grille that graced the front of the Petersen Museum when it first opened in 1994 is nowhere to be found. In its place is a stainless steel and Ferrari red work of art that conveys speed, style, freedom, and abandonment. The new Petersen Museum is arguably Los Angeles’ wildest architectural expression since Disney Hall.

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The old Petersen Museum, from the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax (Gary Minnaert)

On December 6, 2015, the doors open to the new Petersen Museum. Members of the press were afforded an opportunity to preview the museum. Some parts of the museum were still being painted, but LA Car editors were treated to the new Petersen in all its glory. We present this photographic gallery of the new Petersen, but to get the full effect, you’ll need to see it yourself in person. – Roy Nakano

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The new Petersen Museum, from the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax (R Nakano)

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Old Glory flies in the steel ribbons of the new Petersen Museum (R Nakano)

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