Share Article

Related Articles

Petersen Automotive Museum's car logo outline.

Petersen Offers Live Streams

Ford factory worker working on new medical equipment

Ford + GE + 3M + UAW = Medical Equipment?

The Petersen Is Open Again

the reception at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles

Extended Business Hours and Open Interactive Exhibits

Petersen Automotive Museum extends their business hours, resumes guided tours, and reopens interactive exhibits.. Are we back to normal again?

By Doug Stokes

Thu, Jul 8, 2021 12:15 PM PST

The good folks at The Pete sent us a press release, letting us know that they are pretty much fully reopened again (yay!)... We're just going to run this release straight up: it's crammed full of good news.. Live, in-person, attendance at this L.A. bastion of automotive lore, legend, history, tech, fun, function, and the downright joy of all things automotive.

Hey Kids (of all ages)! What Time Is It???

That's Right!!! It's Get Back To The Petersen Time!

The staff at The Petersen Automotive Museum did a world-class job of keeping the flame burning during the year of Covid closures - with a masterful display of virtuosity in virtual presentations ... but now the real deal is the real place and a real in-person visit is really needed.. After all, there's only so much that you can see on a computer screen, even if it's a nice big one.  

Plan a trip ... the experience will be well worth it!  -DS

Press Release From The Pete

The museum is now open six days a week, offering guided tours in The Vault presented by Hagerty and access to its interactive galleries including the Forza Motorsport Racing Experience and Pixar Discovery Center

LOS ANGELES (July 2, 2021) – Starting today, the Petersen Automotive Museum is extending its business hours to include Tuesdays, restarting its docent-guided tours in The Vault presented by Hagerty and reopening its Forza racing simulators for public use. The museum is also reopening its highly interactive Pixar Discovery Center for kids, which is home to the Cars Mechanical Institute.

an orange track racing structure, featured at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles
New attractions and old, all worth a visit to this automotive tribute in our backyard.

“As the state of California has continued to reopen, we are excited to reopen along with it and resume some of the initiatives and experiences we had in place pre-pandemic,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “The Petersen experience is educational by nature and hands-on; interactive learning is one of the most valuable tools to stimulate both sides of the brain. Docent-guided tours and captivating experiences for children are an important part of the experience we provide at the museum to educate the public about the automobile.”

The Petersen Automotive Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will remain closed on Mondays. Tickets for visitors must be purchased in advance on the museum website, and all guests will continue to be required to wear masks during their visit. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum and its exhibits, visit

exhibit of racing tires at the Petersen Automotive Museum

About The Author

Doug Stokes's profile picture

Doug Stokes

Doug has a long and wide-ranging history in the motoring business. He served five years as the Executive Director of the International Kart Federation, and was the PR guy for the Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Championship Gran Prix. He worked racing PR for both Honda and Suzuki and was a senior PR person on the first Los Angeles (Vintage) Grand Prix. He was also the first PR Manager for Perris Auto Speedway, and spent over 20 years as the VP of Communications at Irwindale Speedway. Stokes is the recipient of the American Autowriters and Broadcaster’s 2005 Chapman Award for Excellence in Public Relations and was honored in 2015 by the Motor Press Guild with their Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award. “… I’ve also been reviewing automobiles and books for over 20 years, and really enjoy my LA Car assignments.” he added.

You Might Also Like These Articles:

classic car on display

New Collection Opens At The Petersen

Petersen Museum exterior

Petersen Museum to Reopen on March 25

a silver RUF Porsche on the exhibition floor of The Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.

The RUF is on Fire

an artsy close-up photo of the exterior of The Petersen Museum with red and blue lines.

Virtually Real

journalists at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show wearing polarized sunglasses to see a Volkswagen exhibit.

Are we there yet?