Hollywood on show at Petersen Automotive Museum
Petersen Automotive Museum’s brand-new display of some of the most famous vehicles ever to appear in film and television is now open to the public. Located in the Omaze Hollywood Gallery on the Otis Booth History Floor, the exhibit includes a diverse selection of cars, motorcycles and custom creations that starred in popular movies and television series throughout the decades.
A continuation of the popular Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibit, which was the largest museum exhibition of sci-fi movie vehicles in the world, the new display branches out beyond the specific genre to incorporate a broader range of vehicles, movies and television series. Included are vehicles from the blockbuster “Black Panther,” the trilogies Men in Black and Back to the Future, and the Ghostbusters and Batman series of movies.
Stars of the new exhibit include the wildly popular 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor dubbed Ecto-1, made famous as the rapid response vehicle for the cast of Ghostbusters. The converted ambulance made multiple appearances in the sequels to the original 1984 hit, including the more recent reboot Ghostbusters: Afterlife. While Ecto-1 received updates to its appearance over the years, it is displayed in its original 1984 condition.
Another Hollywood vehicle making its return is the 1981 DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future trilogy of movies. The producers chose the DMC-12 as the foundation for the famous time-traveling machine due to its stainless-steel construction and gullwing doors. Multiple versions of the DeLorean time machine were made throughout the years for the two sequels, but this is the only example appearing in all three films.
“Some vehicles used in television and movies have become just as popular as the stars themselves,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director, Terry Karges. “We are excited to display what are genuinely some of the most iconic vehicles from Hollywood’s long and storied history of film and television series production. The unique collection is sure to appeal to fans of movies and television along with any automotive enthusiasts.”
Other notable unique additions to the new exhibit include the Batmobile from Batman and Batman Returns, the intricate Moto-Terminator motorcycle that appeared in Terminator Salvation and the classic 1976 Ford Gran Torino from the Starsky and Hutch television series.
The museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles. Admission prices are US$17 for general admission adults, US$15 for seniors and US$12 for children ages four to 17. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under age four are admitted free. Museum hours are 10am to 5pm daily.
To purchase tickets or for more information about Petersen Automotive Museum visit www.Petersen.org.