Petersen Museum Offering Virtual Tours and Online Education
The recent requirements for self-isolation at home will have people, and especially children, starting to feel the creep of cabin fever. To help ward off the isolating effects, the Petersen Automotive Museum in California is offering online tours of its collection of cars, as well as activities and lessons for children.
The museum, possibly the premier auto showcase in North America, is based in Los Angeles but of course has temporarily closed its doors due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak. Instead, it’s offering virtual tours of The Vault, its collection of more than 250 vehicles that span the life of the automobile, from early 20th century to today. A collection that includes rare cars owned by celebrities and heads of state, cars that changed technology, and race cars of all eras.
Starting from March 25, the one-hour live-streamed tours will also field questions and comments from online viewers as Petersen staff take you around the vehicles.
Let’s not forget the kids, and the Petersen will also host online activities for children 12 and under. For the younger folk, these range from a story book reading to coloring activities to building your own model car with common household objects. For kids a little older, there are online lessons covering automobile history, car design and engine tech, and even a hands-on lesson on clay modeling. To assist with its lessons, the museum supplies downloadable materials you can print at home.
Those of you who are interested – and why wouldn’t you be?! – can find further details at peterson.org.
*Images courtesy of Petersen Automotive Museum