Not every item on your list of 1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die will involve racing through the night across Baja, crushing cars with a tank or surviving the world's silliest test of endurance. This week we slow things down a bit with an oft requested item for The List: Visit an automotive museum.

Many towns across the nation have their own automotive museum, but for The List, we visited what's considered by many to be the premier one in the country: the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.

Come with our hosts Jessi and Patrick as they get a special tour of what the Petersen museum offers, and go behind the scenes with us to see how an operation like this works.

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      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      The BMW Zentrum is always worth a visit. http://www.bmwusfactory.com/zentrum/
      Nicholas Williamson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to one day visit the Peterson. Although I must say, I was utterly blown away by The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, MI. It's not all cars of course..... just transportation in general. But, it is by far one of the most awesome museums I've ever visited.
      mathiaswegner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd recommend the Simeone Foundation in Philadelphia and the Lane Motor Musuem in Nashville. The Simeone is all about racing cars, from a 1909 American Underslung to the 1970 "Hippie" Porsche 917, with most cars in preserved running condition. Every month they have at least one event day, where they pick a bunch of cars in a theme (American racing between the wars, British racing green, Sebring, etc) and take them out in the back and run them around. You have not heard a race car until you've heard the Cunningham C-4R or the Corvette Grand Sport. The Lane has an astounding collection of rare and weird road cars, mostly imports. It's worth a trip for the Tatras alone, and the microcar collection is pretty amazing as well. There's a bunch of one-offs, more European rotaries than you'd think, and some really unusual stuff like the wooden bodied, propeller driven Helicron.
      paulwilson05
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Petersen is a great collection of famous and historical automobilia. I dare say the Nethercutt Collection is the finest I've seen.
      ShutoSteve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the 250 GTO at 7:15. Can't help but wonder if it's a replica though.
        s2kftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        Here is the same car, at Pebble Beach http://www.autoblog.com/photos/ferrari-250-gto-50th-anniversary-at-pebble-beach/full/#photo-4383012/
        Francis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ShutoSteve
        250 GTO at 7:15 well there are only 39 in the world and the last one went for $28.5 Million so could be a replica
      CarsInDepth.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      Visit "an" automotive museum? Just one? There are many individual museums and collections that each deserve their own spot on any car enthusiast's bucket list, like the Peterson in LA or the former Schlumpf collection in France. Within a few hours drive of Detroit there are at least a half dozen car related museums that are worth a visit. Everyone knows about the Henry Ford Museum and they just redid their automotive display with about 40% of the cars either new to the collection or not previously on display, like their Tucker. Also in the Detroit area are the Walter P. Chrysler museum, the Piquette Ave. Model T factory, and the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection (which is very unique in that it's housed in a 1950s era Hudson dealership complete with the original parts department and service bays). Farther west, near Kalamazoo, is the Gilmore Car Museum, which houses the Franklin club collection, the CCCA museum, a Pierce Arrow collection, and they're building a Model A museum, in addition to the museum's own great collection. South Bend has the Studebaker National Museum which is a very cool place to visit and once you're in Indiana, you have to visit the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Car Museum in Auburn. Actually, the cars there are so magnificent and it's such a large collection of America's greatest prewar cars that the ACD museum is worth a trip all by itself. Ronnie Schreiber CarsInDepth.com
      • 2 Years Ago
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      mylexicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better than I though it would be. Nice museum. I should check it out sometime. Good stuff.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do we really need that 20 second bumper on every episode of Dork Fest?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      DarrenDriven
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, leave off mention of the world'd largest car collection and the brand new, state of the art museum opening in June! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America%27s_Car_Museum
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to date Jessi.
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