The Peterson Auto Museum
The Drive with Alan Taylor
Every Saturday morning from 6pm to 9pm at the Petersen Automotive museum in Los Angeles, the historic site comes alive with the charisma of Alan Taylor as he broadcasts his live radio show, The Drive with Alan Taylor.
Buckle up for a fast paced look at today’s automotive industry; latest car news and test-drive results; how-to tips; auto show coverage; industry expert insights and behind the scenes action; as well as exclusive interviews with executives, athletes, celebrities and prominent news-makers from around the world.
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With over 450+ vehicles in the museum, Peterson keeps their exhibits fresh and exciting by constantly rotating their displays while carefully crafting each vehicles backstory in a historically factual, educational and intriguing story which immerses you in the excitement that ensued when the automobile was at its pinnacle.
Peterson specializes in preserving and collecting historic vehicles of all kinds.
As a non-profit, tax deductible and educational institution, people from around the world have found the museum to be the perfect place to donate their prized possessions. Aside from vehicles of all types, people also donate photographs, books and automobilia.
The Peterson prides itself on their education-available to all ages. Some of the events include Teacher Salary Point Workshops and Discovery Days in the Discovery Center. Many knowledgeable docents also volunteer their time daily to educate visitors.
You’d be hard pressed to leave the museum without learning something. Because of participation in events internationally, nationally and locally, Petersen Automotive Museum has put themselves on the map as the focus for automotive enthusiasm on the West Coast.
Famed Location, Unique Structure
Located in the famed “Miracle Mile” in Southern California off Fairfax and Wilshire Blvd, Peterson shares a passion for the automotive with many. Miracle Mile, created in 1936, was developed in a time prior to shopping malls and was known as the “go-to” spot for high-end shopping.
In 1962, Welton Becket, world renowned architect, completed a Japanese department store called Seibu. The store closed in 1965 and after 6 years of vacancy, Robert E. Patterson was conveniently in search of a building for Peterson Publishing. Lacking windows, he decided it would make a poor office building, but an excellent museum, as precious artifacts need to be kept away from the harsh sun.
Inspired by the building’s potential, Mr and Mrs. Peterson invested a large sum of to create the Peterson Auto Museum. In just three years, the museum opened on June 11th, 1994. The exhibition was meant to be a unique experience from the get go, unlike the average showroom layout with cars parked in rows.
The Peterson’s displays were made to tell stories with vehicles, including elements that were period-correct. This fresh new approach launched the museum into the famous showroom that it is today.
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