Front line and healthcare workers can get in free.
The Petersen Automotive Museum, that gorgeous (or ostentatious, depending on your point of view) bastion of car enthusiasm in Southern California will open its doors to the public again on March 25. It has been closed since last year, except for a few weeks in the intervening months. To express its gratitude for front line workers, the museum will offer complimentary admission to verified healthcare workers and first responders, as well as three of their immediate family members, for the rest of 2021.
"We are excited to welcome visitors back to the museum in a safe and responsible manner," said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. "We cannot thank the healthcare personnel and first responders enough for everything they have done for our community. We hope this small token of our appreciation signals how grateful we are to them and their families."
Over the course of the pandemic, the Petersen Museum did its best to keep us entertained. In March it offered the first virtual tour of the facility, and then in August it held a virtual Monterey Car Week party during the week normally scheduled for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The museum also virtually launched three separate exhibits; these things are planned well ahead of time of course. "Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed," showcases the evolution of the supercar; "Extreme Conditions," highlights eleven custom competition, recreational, and off-roading vehicles like the Land Rover Defender and finally "Redefining Performance," which features Porsche's most innovative road and race vehicles.
"Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy," "Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection" and "Building an Electric Future" presented by Volkswagen also continue to be on display.
The museum's hours will be 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday to Saturday. All tickets must be pre-purchased and online tickets go live on Tuesday, March 16 at 6 pm. Health care personnel and first responders will need to provide a physical copy of professional verification at museum check-in.