By Official Press Release Monday, December 16th, 2013


A new exhibit at the Petersen will showcase Kia vehicles inspired by DC Entertainment’s “The Justice League.” Launching the exhibit on Dec. 14is “Heroes Day,” a day filled with activities for the entire family that honors our heroes—active police, firemen and military—with free museum admission.  

 “We can be Heroes at the Petersen,” an entire day of family fun on Dec. 14, will kick off a new exhibit at the Petersen featuring Kia vehicles inspired by the Super Heroes of DC Entertainment’s The Justice League. To honor local heroes, all active duty police and firemen will receive free admission (for one) and as always, active duty military will receive free entrance as well. Free admission will also be granted to all adults and children who dress up as their favorite hero for the day.

“Local heroes are the backbone of our community and unfortunately don’t always receive the thanks they deserve,” said Terry Karges, executive director of the Petersen. “We want to not only recognize our own local heroes, but to also host a day of activities for families to participate in together. Honor your favorite hero by dressing up as them, visit the museum for free and come have some fun.”

The new exhibit coming to the Petersen from Dec. 14, 2013 - May 14, 2014 will feature custom-built Kia vehicles inspired by members of The Justice League, including: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg. The seven-vehicle collection, which includes a customized Kia Optima, Optima Hybrid, Soul, Forte Koup, Forte5, Rio 5-door and Sportage, was commissioned in support of DC Entertainment’s We Can Be Heroes giving campaign dedicated to fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa.

In honor of Heroes Day, the Los Angeles Fire Department will have a fire engine at the museum to collect toys for its “Spark of Love” Holiday Toy Program, and children will have the opportunity to explore the fire engine. The Los Angeles Police Department will also be on site collecting toys for “Motor For Toys.”

“I am always touched when members of our Community take the time to recognize the true heroes that serve our City each and every day. Police officers, firefighters and the men and women who serve in our military have commited their lives to proceting and serving others. I think that spending a day with family and friends at the Petersen Automotive Museum is a terrific way to honor our heroes,” said Chief Charlie Beck.

From 11:00a.m to 3:00p.m the 3rd floor Discovery Center will host crafts, face painting, games, storytelling and prizes free for the whole family (included with museum admission). For those wanting to celebrate the holidays without a cliché mall photo, photos with Santa Claus in a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible will be offered in the Petersen’s lobby.

To find out about upcoming events at the museum or for more information, visit www.Petersen.org. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.