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Petersen Automotive Museum to Reopen June 19, 2020

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Under the guidelines of the CDC, California, and Los Angeles County, the Petersen Automotive Museum reopens to the public in June 19, 2020.

In what will feel like a return to normalcy during the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020, the Petersen Automotive Museum will reopen with limited hours, mandatory mask and distancing requirements, and regular cleaning per the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of California, and Los Angeles County on June 19, 2020. This is great news for fans of one of the best automotive museums and collections in California.



How the Petersen Plans to Open During a Pandemic


The first step towards reopening the museum is setting up when and how long the museum will be open. From Friday, June 19, the Petersen will open Wednesday to Sunday from the hours of 10am to 5pm. Next, staff and visitors will be required to have masks on, but single-use masks will be provided for anyone who doesn’t bring theirs.

Visitors will also have to maintain six feet between each other and that will be enforced by museum staff. Navigation around exhibits will be conducted by pathway indicators and entrance and exit signs. Each floor will have hand sanitizing stations while their exhibit cleaning schedules will increase in frequency as well.

Unfortunately, any exhibit that allows for interaction, like the Forza racing simulators and the Discovery Center, will be closed just due to the fact that it would require round the clock cleaning from all the touching they would get. Finally, you won’t be able to purchase tickets at the desk, you’ll now be required to purchase them online at Petersen.org.



What’s to See While It Is Open?


Since there has been a pause their public openings, “Reclaimed Rust: The James Hetfield Collection,” “Building an Electric Future Presented by Volkswagen,” and other exhibits are being extended that would have probably gone into The Vault by now. This is a great chance to see them, at least while the museum remains open.

How Long Will This Last?


“The health of our community, visitors and employees is our highest priority, as we reopen our doors,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Our blockbuster exhibits have been extended for visitors who have not yet had a chance to see them. We are thrilled to welcome visitors back to the museum in a safe and responsible manner.”

“How long will the Petersen remain open and when will my favorite automotive events get back to normal?” That is certainly the thought everyone has now. This question is only becoming more apparent as we see states that have reopened businesses along with additional exposure due to demonstrations from the death of George Floyd – including states that have not fully reopened like California hasn’t – have all reported increased infections of COVID-19.


If the rates go back to where we were just a few months ago, the closures will occur again. However, if we can manage to follow the recommendations of wearing a mask to prevent its spread, wash our hands regularly, and keep our distance from each other, we may not have to close everything back up again as the numbers will plateau as we’ve seen in other countries that took far more drastic steps than our country has. Those are the least and simplest things we can do to make sure our automotive escapes from reality remain open during this pandemic.



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