The Peterson Automotive Museum is located along the “Miracle Mile” section of Los Angeles across from the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA). The museum houses a collection of rare and classic “modes of transportation”, which collectively provide an appreciation for the influence of vehicles in Southern California.
The museum begins with a “Streetscape” exhibit, which highlights the history and evolution of the automobile. The exhibits are displayed along a street, which is sort of neat, as it reminds me of the “main street” in Disneyland mixed with the Hollywood style you would find at Universal Studios.
You can fully appreciate the Hollywood influence on the second floor in the “Hollywood Gallery”. The main attraction is the actual Batmobile driven my Michael Keaton in Batman in 1989 and Batman Returns in 1992. The Batmobile was powered by a 327 Chevy engine, with Rolls-Royce jet engine components and British Harrier fighter jet turbine blades added to the exterior to make it look faster and give it a more phallic appearance. The Batman costume is displayed next to the Batmobile. The costume looks like it is made out of cheap plastic, which is perhaps one of the reasons why the batman films don’t have very much lighting. The exhibit also contains the 1965 Hannibal 8, which was driven by Jack Lemmon in “The Great Race”. I am not old enough to appreciate the movie or the actor, but the vehicle certainly looks neat.
The second floor also contains exhibits on alternative power, race cars, hot wheels, and hot rods. The most impressive collection of rare (and expensive) vehicles is within the “Grand Salon”. Vehicles include the Bugati, Lamborghini, Porsche and Ferrari’s.
Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, 90036
Cost: $10 admission with discounts for students, military, and the young (< 13 years) and older (> 61 years) folks.