COVID-19: Petersen Automotive Museum Closes Its Doors

Petersen Automotive Museum closed from March 15th

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Petersen Automotive Museum released a statement saying the automotive museum will be closed due to the spread of COVID-19.

Bob Petersen and his wife Margie set out to share car culture with the world more than 70 years ago and succeeded by creating numerous publications and opening the Petersen Automotive Museum. For the last 25 years, the museum has shared that passion with the public through your support.


Sadly, following recommendations from the CDC and Los Angeles County, the Petersen will temporarily close to the public until March 31st, this includes our programs and events through March 31st. The organisers believe this closure is the best way to protect our staff, patrons, and volunteers, while also supporting public health officials in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In an effort to continue to share the collection with patrons, the museum will be launching a series of digital programs and tours for everyone to enjoy beginning next week.

$90 million renovation

The Petersen Automotive Museum recently went through an extensive $90 million renovation and has more than doubled in size featuring an eclectic mix in excess of 250 vehicles from around the world dating 1948 to present day.

February 1 saw a new feature in the gallery called “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection” and celebrates Hetfield’s creativity as a world-renowned artist through his built-from-scratch custom car collection, guitars, photos and memorabilia.

1948 Davis Divan

Developments to the situation will be assessed with notifications and updates being sent out immediately by email, on our site, or through social media (@petersenmuseum).

Images courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum.

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