HMA Taps Petersen as Museum of the Year

Los Angeles, CA — For the second time in nine years, the Historic Motoring Awards has selected the Petersen Automotive Museum for its top museum honor. The award was presented during a ticketed virtual ceremony Oct. 22.

Photo: Petersen Museum

According to the HMA, the museum earned the title through its world-class exhibits, dedication to preserving automotive history, global education initiatives and a successful pivot to digital engagement during the global pandemic that included organizing the world’s first digital cars and coffee events, a virtual Monterey Car Week, a digital fundraising gala, and several exclusive collection tours with preeminent enthusiasts.

The annual awards honor the people, cars and institutions that best exemplify the classic car hobby. Awardees are selected from nominations from the auto industry and the public after voting by a panel of judges.

Other honorees include Lady Susie Moss (Lifetime Achievement Award) and McKeel Hagerty (Classic Car Ambassador of the Year).

Photo: Petersen Museum

The Petersen was selected from a shortlist of several notable museums and collections: Autoworld Brussels, Brooklands Museum, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, and Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim. The museum’s previous honor from HMA was in 2016.