Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum: A Look at the Ultimate Hollywood Collection

December 11, 2018 0 By The Nerdcotics Staff

Petersen Automotive Museum

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 SunshineThelma and LouiseChristine, 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:

1960s Batman  

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.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum

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.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum

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!

Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum

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.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum

Cars

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.

Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum

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.

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