Hollywood Dream Machines at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Explore the world's largest exhibition of Science Fiction and Fantasy vehicles

Star Wars Landspeeder on loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum, Facebook


Now on view at the Petersen Automotive Museum through March 2020, Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world, featuring 50 iconic vehicles from more than 20 beloved films and TV series.

Step into the worlds of Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Blade Runner through props, design drawings and physical vehicle models that bring visions of dystopian, utopian, and science fiction worlds to life.

DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), and Back to the Future III (1990) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future II (1989), and Back to the Future III (1990) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Visitors will also be able to interact with select vehicles like the time-traveling DeLorean from Back to the Future and the Warthog troop transporter from the Halo video game franchise, via the Microsoft HoloLens virtual reality headset and programming.

Light Cycle from Tron: Legacy (2010) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Light Cycle from Tron: Legacy (2010) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Curated in collaboration with the Comic-Con Museum, Hollywood Dream Machines is described by the Petersen's Executive Director Terry Karges as “the biggest exhibit of our 25th anniversary.” In a press release, Karges said, "With more than 40 vehicles from the silver screen spread across the museum, the exhibit is an ode to the industry that Los Angeles was built upon. We can’t wait to explore the fantasy and fictional concepts behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world.”

Read on for highlights of this mindblowing exhibition and book your tickets for access to Hollywood Dream Machines and the rest of the extraordinary exhibits at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Deckard’s sedan from Blade Runner (1982) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Deckard’s sedan from Blade Runner (1982) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Blade Runner (1982) survived its mediocre box office returns and rose to classic status - it's among the most defining works of art ever created about Los Angeles. No other modern film uses the backdrop of our city with as much as imagination and flair. And after you've viewed Deckard's sedan - along with vehicles from the sequel, Blade Runner 2049 - you can explore L.A. filming locations from the original.

Batmobile from Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Batmobile from Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Released on June 23, 1989, Batman is one of the seminal movies in the modern superhero film genre. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, Batman was a cultural phenomenon that spawned three sequels and won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.

Hollywood Dream Machines features the Batmobile from Batman and its 1992 sequel, Batman Returns; and the Batpod from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Bat-fans can imagine themselves wearing the Dark Knight's cowl when they book the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, which includes a visit to the "Batcave" and its collection of Batmobiles and other famous vehicles used in the film franchise.

Star Wars Landspeeder

Star Wars Landspeeder on loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum, Facebook

With anticipation building for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this December, fans can relive the first time they saw Episode IV: A New Hope with Luke Skywalker’s X-34 Landspeeder - with wheels! - on loan from the forthcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

From the incredible Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire VR experience, to drinks at the Scum & Villainy Cantina, to a trip to "Tatooine," the Force is strong in Los Angeles.

Replica of Ford Explorer XLT Tour Vehicle #07 from Jurassic Park (1993) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Replica of Ford Explorer XLT Tour Vehicle #07 from Jurassic Park (1993) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Opening at Universal Studios Hollywood this summer, Jurassic World™ – The Ride is an all-new epic adventure that will be more real and more intense than any theme park experience. Take a trip back to the movie that started it all with a Ford Explorer Tour Vehicle from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993).

Lexus LC 500 from "Black Panther" (2018) at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Lexus LC 500 from Black Panther (2018) | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

As Avengers: Endgame continues to shatter box office records, fans can look back on a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies with vehicles like T'Challa's Lexus LC 500 from Black Panther (2018), a Ford Mustang II King Cobra from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 (2017), an "exploded" Audi R8 from Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016), and Tony Stark’s Ford Model A roadster from Iron Man (2008).

Replica of the 1966 Batmobile | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Replica of the 1966 Batmobile | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

KITT from Knight Rider | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

KITT from Knight Rider | Photo: Petersen Automotive Museum

Iconic vehicles from numerous classic TV shows are also on view at Hollywood Dream Machines, including a replica of the 1966 Batmobile, KITT from Knight Rider, Black Beauty from The Green Hornet, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.