from www.petersen.org :
Available for a Limited Time Only
December 14, 2012
The Petersen Museum is, for the first time in its history, opening its "vault" to the public for a short time. From Saturday, December 15 through Sunday, January 6, we will be offering a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the museum to show you the space where vehicles are worked on, maintained, and stored while not on display.
Here are the details*:
We strongly recommend reserving tickets ahead of time at the admissions desk or by calling 323-964-6331. We are open December 31, and January 1, including vault tours.
$25 per person (in addition to regular admission)
11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm
Guests must be 13+ years of age.
Tours will be approximately 1 hour in length.
Please, NO food, drink, cameras, strollers, or contact with the vehicles. Photography is permitted in the museum, but not during the public vault tours. For more info on the rules of the museum, please see our F.A.Q.
I was talking to Gene yesterday about going, but the NO camera rule puts me off. Why is it ok to take pix of the cars while they're display, but not in the vault? I'm sure a lot of rare cars never get to the display.
A few years back, a fellow co-worker of mine and I participated in a "Rat-Fink" art contest that was shown at the Petersen Museum.
The piece was rather sizable and contained electronics and other things that needed to be assembled/disassembled by my friend and I.
When the show ended, the head curator contacted us to come down and disassemble the piece and remove it. He was a really nice guy (can't recall his name) and when we finished, he asked us if we would like a tour of the basement.
Being a car guy since I was in elementary school, I jumped at the chance. We were not disappointed. Among many notable vehicles we saw were Khrushchev's 1960-ish ZIM limousine. It looks like a '55-'56 Packard. All the dash control bezels and under hood instruction stickers are in Russian of course. There was a translation sheet on the front seat explaining what each dash control was for. The car is like new.
There were also two Muntz Jet convertibles in very rough shape. You'll also find a few concept cars down there that may possibly have come from the Otis School of Design.
Camera or not, it's worth a peek (at least it was for me).