Ever since the Petersen Automotive Museum opened the doors to its downstairs vault to the public, the institution has had a steady line of people trying to get in.
For that reason, the museum said it will keep the vault open indefinitely. Petersen officials had previously planned to shut down the hourlong tours Jan. 6.
Taking up a city block on Wilshire Boulevard's Museum Row, the Petersen has drawn visitors since 1994. Its collection is considered one of the finest in the country, with detailed dioramas and presentations that provide historic and cultural context.
Once restricted to high-ranking museum personnel and visiting VIPs, the vault tour is far different from the galleries upstairs. Inside, in a space the size of a football field, are 150 cars parked as if in a city lot. There are no special displays with mannequins, velvet ropes and faux boulevards.