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Petersen Automotive Museum reopens with dramatic architecture, interactive exhibits

Petersen Automotive Museum reopens with dramatic architecture, interactive exhibits

After 14 months and $90 million in dramatic renovations, the Petersen Automotive Museum is poised to reopen.

Hitting a deadline that many inside and outside the organization thought impossible, the overhauled Wilshire Boulevard car-centric exhibition space will reopen to the public Sunday after its extended closure. The media got a preview Thursday.

The makeover seeks to make the dated museum more appealing to younger audiences with a trove of interactive technology — and to give all patrons ample reason to make repeated visits, which few did before the renovations.

The reimagined space — wrapped in stainless-steel ribbons over a "hot-rod red"...

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