#LiveVacation: A Day at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Many, many years ago, I told myself that every weekend, I was going to live like I was on vacation.

The basic gist was that I would drink fruity drinks, go to the beach, and basically act like I was on vacation in Mexico.

“Makes sense,” my friend Zoe said at the time. “LA was Mexico until not too long ago.”

While adulthood obviously got in the way of my “live vacation” M.O. for the next, I dunno, eight years or so, I’m renewing my commitment to making weekends and days off actual, honest-to-goodness time off.

Which is especially easy because I live in a place where people actually go on vacation. Spoiled, I am.

This past Tuesday, David and I took the day to go to one of LA’s more offbeat museums. Sure, everyone goes to the Getty or LACMA (and I will again in the not-too-distant future), but we burned rubber (pun intended) to one of our new favorite destinations:

The Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard.

The museum recently underwent an extensive renovation and re-opened in December of 2015. The entire facility- outside and inside- is gorgeous. We purchased one-day tickets ($15 each for adults), not realizing there was also a separate “vault tour” that you can purchase ($20) that shows you all the cars not currently on display. Next time!

There’s a lot of interactive stuff for kids or people who bore easily, but our main points of interest were the Ferrari retrospective and the Bugatti retrospective.

We have expensive taste.

Petersen Automotive Museum

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB at the Petersen Automotive Museum

(BTW, Ferrari Californias from the 60s routinely sell at auction betwen $10-25 million. Yes, million.)

But it wasn’t all just red racing razzle-dazzle. How awesome is this Plymouth Explorer concept car?

Petersen Automotive Museum

1954 Plymouth Explorer Concept Car at the Petersen Automotive Museum

1939 Indian Motorcycle Traffic Car at the Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum also had this phenomenal display of old Indian and Harley Davidson Motorcycles, back when they looked wayyyyy more like bicycles with giant motors attached. Since the economy is getting back into delivery services, I hope businesses bring back things like the Traffic Car above! That would ease congestion in LA a ton.

Here are a few more pics from our visit!

1939 Bugatti Type 57C by Vanvooren at the Petersen Automotive Museum

1917 Renault Type EF owned by Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. Bought for the equivalent of over $600,000!

1939 Fiat 508C Balilla retrofitted to run on Compressed Natural Gas

Oh, and to top it off, there’s a new restaurant in the lobby of the Petersen, too– Drago Ristaurante, from Celestino, Tanino, Calogero and Giacomino Drago, four of the best-known Italian chefs and restaurateurs in Los Angeles. We didn’t eat there on Tuesday but have dined in several of their restaurants and the food is fantastic!

Where will you go in your town to “live vacation”?

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