Museums

A peek inside FDR’s flathead V-12 armored 1942 Lincoln

(February 16, 2021) In its latest video celebrating million-dollar cars, the Petersen Automotive Museum takes an in-depth look at President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s armored 1942 Lincoln, just in time for Presidents’ Day this week. Petersen’s chief historian Leslie Kendall gives this tour from the museum’s Vault, where this Lincoln can usually be found surrounded by other cars that were used by various international heads of state.

Betty White’s ‘Parakeet’ Cadillac on display at AACA Museum

By Larry Edsall
Classic Cars Journal

(January 29, 2021) Much was made recently of actress Betty White’s 99th birthday. But did you know one of her favorite cars, a 1977 Seamist Green Cadillac Seville she named “Parakeet,” resides at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pa.? The car was a gift from her late husband, television game show-host Allen Ludden. To celebrate its former owner’s birthday, the museum staff staged a 99th birthday party around the car.

Visit these five museums to see rare and vintage Volkswagens


1967 Volkswagen Type 2 double door camper at America's Car Museum

(December 23, 2020) Automotive museums across the U.S. have helped preserve some of the world’s rarest Volkswagens and feature everything — from a never-been-titled 1974 Karmann Ghia to a 1966 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus that is a piece of civil rights history. With expansive collections available to the public, anyone can admire these classic cars.

Mullin Automotive Museum to reopen weekends beginning Nov. 6

(October 20, 2020) LOS ANGELES — The Mullin Automotive Museum will reopen to the public on Friday, Nov. 6,  establishing a new schedule of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Fans of the museum and new visitors will see Concours “Best of Show” winners such as the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, 1938 Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet H6B “Xenia,” and the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Goutte d’Eau; as well as crowd favorites such as the 1994 Bugatti EB 110 Supersport “Le Mans” and the world’s most extensive collection of Bugatti artwork, sculpture, and furniture.

Petersen Automotive Museum, Porsche partner for Virtual Car Week

(August 14, 2020) LOS ANGELES  — The Petersen Automotive Museum will continue its partnership with Porsche to present a Porsche-only virtual car show today (Friday, Aug. 14) during Petersen Car Week Presented by Michelin. Porsche will be the title sponsor for the entire roster of Friday events, which include a walk-around of the Koenigsegg Gemera, a RUF shop tour, HRE facility tour, Legends of the Autobahn, Bonhams auction, O’Gara Coach garage tour and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

Mullin Automotive Museum debuts 'Under the Hood' series on YouTube

(July 27, 2020) OXNARD, Calif. — The Mullin Automotive Museum debuted a new five-episode “Under the Hood” series on its YouTube channel on July 24. It will air every Friday for five weeks with each episode allowing viewers to learn about the engines that power the extraordinary French automobiles in the museum’s collection.

Adrian Automobile Museum acquires Nicholas Begovich Collection for display

(May 21, 2020) NEWPORT, R.I. — As part of its mission to “Preserve, Celebrate and Share Automotive History,” the Audrain Automobile Museum announced today that the Nicholas Begovich Collection has been acquired for future display with the Museum’s collection in Newport.

Gilmore Car Museum will teach you how to drive a Ford Model T

(May 7, 2020) HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. — The Gilmore Car Museum is offering classes in how to drive a Ford Model T. The "Model T Driving Experience" will be held every week starting on Sunday, June 21, and running through Oct. 10. Interested people are advised to visit the museum's web site at www.gilmorecarmuseum.org from time to time to determine if events remain scheduled because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Petersen Automotive Museum to host virtual car week in August

(May 6, 2020) LOS ANGELES — To maintain the global enthusiasm for Monterey Car Week in spite of concours and event cancellations, the Petersen Automotive Museum will host a virtual car week from Aug. 12-16. The week of virtual events will include live vehicle debuts, online auctions, exclusive interviews, car shows and a celebrity-judged concours.

Petersen Museum will open display of custom cars from James Hetfield


1948 "Black Pearl" Jaguar

(January 15, 2020) LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum will debut a new exhibit featuring 10 custom vehicles, donated from James Hetfield’s personal collection. Opening Feb. 1 in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery, “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection” will celebrate Hetfield’s creativity as a world-renowned artist through his built-from-scratch custom car collection, guitars, photos and memorabilia.

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