Southern California car museums
Five great places to view vintage autos
Petersen Automotive Museum. Turning 10 this year, thePetersen is the Corvette of car museums: flashy and powerful. Thismonth, see ooh-la-la-inducing French Curves: The Automobile asSculpture. Closed Mon; $10. 6060 Wilshire Blvd.; www.petersen.org or323/930-2277.
Vintage Museum of Transportation & Wildlife. OtisChandler’s collection of antique cars and big-game trophies hasopen houses a few times a year; the next one is August 21. $7,under age 10 not admitted. 1421 Emerson Ave.; www.chandlerwheels.comor 805/486-5929.
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum. If it goes fast, oddsare good it’s on view at the National Hot Rod Association’s templeto speed. 10-5 Wed-Sun; $5. 1101 W. McKinley Ave., building 3A,Pomona Fairplex; www.nhra.com/museum or909/622-2133.
Nethercutt Collection. In a gallery that resembles an ornateauto showroom stand 50 years’ worth of cars, from 1890s horselesscarriages to a 1937 Cadillac. 9-4:30 Tue-Sat; free. 15200 BledsoeSt.; www.nethercuttcollection.orgor 818/367-2251.
Murphy Auto Museum. Says Dan Murphy, who launched thevintage-auto museum in 2002, “We emphasize cars a family mightown.” 10-3 Sat, 11-3 Sun, Apr-Oct; $6. 2340 Palma Dr.; www.murphyautomuseum.comor 805/654-0731. – Barbara Tannenbaum