Studebaker National Museum. Photo by Derek Jensen.
In the spirit of the Smithsonian family of museums, Smithsonian Magazine has organized a day this weekend for museums to throw open their doors for free, and at least a dozen automotive museums across the country have agreed to participate.
More than 1,400 museums in every U.S. state have signed up for the one-day only event scheduled for this Saturday, in which independent museums can elect to participate. To redeem free tickets, museum-goers need only to sign up on the Smithsonian Magazine’s website and specify which museum they intend to visit. Among the automobile museums included in the event are the AACA Museum, the Gilmore Car Museum, the National Automobile Museum in Reno, the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, and the Studebaker National Museum. For a full map of all the museums participating, visit SmithsonianMag.com.
Artist’s rendering of the new Petersen Automotive Museum facade. Image courtesy Petersen Automotive Museum.
One prominent auto museum not participating in the free museum day this weekend – simply because it won’t yet be open to the public – is the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, still undergoing renovations ahead of its December 7 reopen date. That’s not to say it has remained idle since construction began last October. Instead, the museum recently announced a series of events in partnership with other Southern California auto-centric shows and locations called DriveLA.
Among the DriveLA events are the Art Center Car Classic next month in Pasadena, a tour of the Honda Museum in Torrance in November, a Mulholland Highway road rally featuring Steve McQueen’s Jaguar XKSS in November, and the reopening itself. For a full list of DriveLA events, visit DriveLA.com.