Nerd out over your favorite sci-fi cars at the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A.

The iconic Back to the Future DeLorean at the Petersen Automotive Museum
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A new exhibit opened at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles last week, and it’s all about cinematic cars.

The exhibit, called “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy,” lives up to its name by featuring over 50 iconic vehicles from all throughout film history. It also stands as the largest showcase the Petersen Automotive Museum has ever hosted in its 25 years of operation.

From “Star Wars” land-speeders and “Tron” light-cycles, to the Warthogs of “Halo,” this exhibit intends to make film buffs rejoice.

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Tron light cycle
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About the Exhibit

Hollywood Dream Machines offers a limited run that’s scheduled from now until March 15, 2020. Meaning, there’s only so much time for fans to see this collection of vehicles in one place.

But aside from physically visiting the life-size vehicle models, there’s also concept art showcases that detail earlier vehicle designs. These pieces allow attendants to get a glimpse of the artistic processes which helped bring their favorite movie machinery to life.

Additionally, one of the more interesting aspects of the exhibit is its implementation of virtual reality. Using Microsoft Hololens headsets, vehicles like the “Back to the Future” DeLorean are displayed through a mixed-reality tour.

This gives spectators the chance to simulate dynamic tours inside the vehicle interiors to create a more interactive museum experience.

What Dream Machines to Expect

All-in-all, this showcase is designed to offer visitors a piece of the futuristic dystopias and the demented utopias that they fell in love with on screen.

From the “Hunger Games” to “A Clockwork Orange,” vehicles from over 20 films and series are presented at the exhibit. While many of the displays are very popular and easily recognizable for most, some classic selections are included as well.

So, while visitors to the museum should expect to see household favorites like K.I.T.T. from “Knight Rider” and the painted Ford Rangers used to flee from dinosaurs in “Jurassic Park,” there’s also the futuristic police cruisers from “Back to the Future 2,” a Lexus Roadster from “Minority Report,” and many other classics.

As to the recency of the displays, vehicles from films as new as 2016’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and 2018’s “Black Panther” are present alongside the older additions, such as the flying cars of 1982’s “Blade Runner.”

If interested, tickets are available for purchase here and range between 11$ to $16 for children and adults respectively. But if you’re a member of the Petersen Automotive Museum, you get admission to this exhibit for free.

Luke's land-speeder
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