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Petersen Automotive Museum Named 2020 Museum of the Year

Published on Mon, Oct 26, 2020

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

The Historic Motoring Awards has announced that the Petersen is the 2020 Museum of the Year, marking the second time the Petersen has earned this award.

The local and globally adored Petersen Automotive Museum has earned another impressive accolade. Via a virtual ceremony, The Historic Motoring Awards has named the Petersen Museum the 2020 Museum of the Year. Thanks to its world-class exhibits, dedication to preserving automotive history, global education initiatives, and successful pivot to digital engagement during COVID-19, the Petersen definitely deserves the award.

The Historic Motoring Awards honor cars, people, and institutions that best exemplify the classic car hobby. Nominations from the automotive industry and enthusiasts around the world dictates the winner, which was selected by 25 automotive luminaries.

Even through the devastating challenges generated by COVID-19, the Petersen successfully created new and innovative programs to engage and educate a global audience from the comfort of home. The museum organized the world’s first digital cars and coffee events, a virtual Monterey Car Week, a digital fundraising gala, exclusive collection tours, and more. The Petersen is currently shepherding in new exhibits for reopening, which include “Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed,” “Extreme Conditions,” and “Redefining Performance.”

“Being named Museum of the Year is a tremendous honor. Considering the challenges we have faced as an institution this year, this recognition feels even more special,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “This award validates the creativity, hard work, and dedication of our team and the support and leadership of our board of directors. Thanks to them, our sponsors, and the passion of our community, we are excited to live up to this title year after year and to continue our work as one of the world’s greatest automotive museums.”

The Petersen bested a short list of several notable museums and collections, including Autoworld Brussels, Brooklands Museum, The Mercedes-Benz Museum, Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, and Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim.

This is the second time the Petersen Automotive Museum has been named Museum of the Year, with the first coming in 2016.

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