Petersen Automotive Museum: A Look at the Ultimate Hollywood CollectionDecember 11, 2018
For car enthusiasts with a fondness for iconic, larger-than-life rides, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a must-visit destination. A permanent fixture of Los Angeles’ “Miracle Mile” since 1994, the sprawling gallery is home to some of the most familiar and captivating vehicles to ever grace movie and TV screens. While pop culture buffs will enjoy getting up close and personal with an impressive assortment of cars from films like Little Miss Sunshine, Thelma and Louise, Christine, and 2 Fast 2 Furious; there are several vehicles in the Petersen Automotive Museum’s “Hollywood Gallery”, that will undoubtedly have Geeks of all ages giddy with excitement. The exhibitions coterie of stellar autos includes vehicles from a range of popular franchises including:
Fans of the Batman movie and TV series from the late 1960s will recognize the classic lines of the Batcycle. The vintage 1966 Yamaha YDS-3 Batcycle is decked-out with gadgets and crime-fighting features galore, including wings and a sidecar for Batman’s sidekick, Robin.
The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises
Batman is known for leveraging exotic and potent forms of transportation and the Batpod certainly fits that description. Designed by the director of the Dark Knight series, Christopher Nolan, the low-slung super-chopper is as striking in person as it is on-screen. Visitors to the Petersen Automotive Museum can take in the Batpod’s unique lines and structural details up close.
Back to the Future
One of the most popular and recognizable pop culture movie vehicles is the 1981 DeLorean (DMC-12), which debuted in 1985’s Back to the Future. In addition to being able to give the time-traveling, gull-winged coupe a walk-around, guests of the Petersen Automotive Museum can check out the vehicle’s light-up instruments, displays, and fully illuminated flux capacitor!
Tim Burton’s Batman
Fans of Gotham City’s venerable Caped Crusader will revel at the sight of yet another iconic super car, the Batmobile. Sporting the sleek black contours, jet engine components, and authentic internal controls (as they appeared 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns), seeing this striking full-sized movie prop is worth the Petersen Automotive Museum’s price of admission on its own.
Lightning McQueenis one of the most popular animated vehicles to hit the big and small screen and also happens to be one of the Petersen Automotive Museum’s most amusing exhibits. In addition to being able to check out an authentic, life-sized version of the Carsfranchise’s beloved stock car, visitors can enjoy a variety of interactive activities in the Cars Mechanical Institute.
The Petersen Automotive Museum is a can’t-miss exhibition for car enthusiasts with a penchant for pop culture, iconic movies, and classic TV. For more information on the museum’s other exhibits, admission prices, and detailed directions, visit the website here.