Tour the Petersen Museum's classic car vault... online!

Unique online entertainment for auto enthusiasts while practising social-distancing

Published: March 18, 2020, 11:40 AM
Updated: April 16, 2020, 4:57 PM

The 'Vault' - The Petersen Automotive Museum will offer hour-long online tours of its fabled Vault, while temporarily closed to the public due to Covid19.

Looking for some unique automotive entertainment while practising social distancing? The Petersen Automotive Museum will stream tours of its legendary Vault during its temporary closure.

Led by Collection Manager Dana Williamson, the hour-long digital tour provides rare access to seldom-seen race cars, movie cars and culturally significant vehicles from the Petersen's vast collection, currently stored in the Vault. 

Online Vault tours, presented by Hagerty, will cost $3 (US). This digital admission fee will help the museum continue to maintain its collection and support staff, as well as digital programs, during its closure, currently scheduled until March 31, 2020.

“Although we wish patrons could be visiting us at this time, we understand the risks and wanted to offer a new experience for fans of the museum to enjoy from the comfort of home,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “The benefit of offering digital tours is that we are now able to extend the stories of our collection to a global audience and give our patrons more access to the cars than ever before.”

In addition to the paid tour, the Petersen is also offering free online educational programming for students during the closure. To purchase a digital Vault tour or learn more about the museum’s free online educational programming, please visit

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