Students and their families will be able to participate in special programming, activities and hands-on learning experiences in the Rob and Melani Walton Discovery Center, as well as explore new exhibits including an all-Volkswagen electric vehicle display and the largest display of Hollywood movie cars in the world
LOS ANGELES (December 24, 2019) – For students and their parents looking for activities to do over Winter Recess, the Petersen Automotive Museum has announced extended hours and a list of new exhibits and educational programming that will be open to the public through the duration of the break, which extends fromDecember 23 to January 12, 2019.
New exhibits include three all-electric vehicle displays that showcase the history and development of EVs. “Building an Electric Future” and “Shifting Paradigms” in the Production and Chuck Wegner Family Galleries focus on the global success and future of automobile manufacturer Volkswagen, as it sets out to electrify its entire roundup of vehicles. Vehicles on display include the ID. 3 compact car, ID. Vizzion autonomous car and ID. R race car. The third exhibit, “Alternating Currents,” contains one of the most diverse arrays of EVs throughout history including prized modern-day examples. The exhibit includes the 2009 Tesla Model S Prototype 1, ElectraMeccanica’s SOLO, a Karma SC1 Vision Concept, a Bollinger B1 and various electric bikes.
Located in the Mullin Family Grand Salon, “Hollywood Dream Machines” is the world’s largest Hollywood and sci-fi vehicle exhibition. The exhibit features more than 40 vehicles, costumes, props, art and artifacts from sci-fi and fantasy films, TV shows and video games including “Star Wars,” “Back to the Future,” “TRON,” “Iron Man,” “Blade Runner,” “Batman” and “Halo.” In addition to the vehicles, the space also hosts a Microsoft Hololens Augmented Reality experience called “Worlds Reimagined” that dives into the stories of the Back to the Future Delorean and Halo Warthog.
“Although kids will be on break from school, the Petersen Automotive Museum offers students an opportunity to gain an education in other areas,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Our new exhibits and special programming in the Discovery Center give kids an invaluable glimpse into the history and future of transportation; it’s an easy and compelling way to broaden kids’ knowledge about something as common as the automobile.”
In addition to the new exhibits, the Petersen will be offering special programming, displays and hands-on activities beginning with the Rob and Melani Walton Discovery Center. From learning about car science to exploring the culture that surrounds the automobile, the Discovery Center offers a multitude of tools to broaden automotive knowledge. Each month, a particular theme is explored in depth.
Parents looking to capture a holiday photo opportunity with their kids can pose in a Honda raced by Scott Dixon. For more hands-on entertainment, kids can also participate in the Forza Motorsport Racing Experience in the Bobby Rahal Family Gallery. To learn more about the Petersen Automotive Museum and its exhibits, please visit www.petersen.org.
About Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $14 for seniors and $11 for children ages 4 to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under age 4 are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m through January 12th. Then return to a 5pm close during weekdays and a 6pm close on the weekends. . For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit www.Petersen.org.