Mullin Automotive Museum Closing its Doors Permanently – Iconic Exhibition Comes to an End

Founder’s death prompts permanent exhibit closure this February.

The Mullin Automotive Museum recently declared that the entrance to its galleries will be shut down in the upcoming month, marking the end of a successful 13-year period since its establishment in 2010. This decision comes after the unfortunate passing of Peter Mullin, one of the creators of the museum, in September 2023. The final day for visitors to experience the collection will be February 10, allowing for one last chance to take in the impressive displays.

The exclusive museum holds a collection of vintage French automobiles, ranging from esteemed makers such as Renault, Peugeot, and Bugatti. Notably, the display also features a buggy and carriage crafted by the legendary Bugatti Chiron brand. These remarkable pieces are showcased in an expansive area of approximately 47,000 square feet, adorned with charming Art Deco elements that perfectly reflect the time period of these magnificent vehicles.

Although the destination for the extensive collection is currently unknown, the Mullin Automotive Museum has confirmed that four cars from the collection have been gifted to the Petersen Automotive Museum. These four cars, including the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150 CS “Teardrop,” the 1938 Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia, the 1939 Delahaye 165, and the 1938 Delahaye 145, were selected by Peter himself and will now be part of the prestigious automotive institute that he played a crucial role in establishing.

Last year, the 1938 Delahaye 145 was showcased at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance. It was a contender for the highly coveted “Best in Class” prize, but ultimately, it was the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K that claimed the title.

According to Merle Mullin, director of the Mullin Automotive Museum and wife of Peter, “Sharing these ‘rolling sculptures’ and beautiful art with others was Peter’s truest passion, and the museum helped bring that vision to life.” She goes on to express her gratitude towards the staff, docents, volunteers, visitors, and supporters who have devoted their time and passion to the museum over the past 13 years. As the museum prepares to close, she hopes that both returning and new visitors will have the opportunity to bid farewell.

The Mullin Automotive Museum is currently offering limited visitation until its official closure on February 10th. For car enthusiasts, a great alternative is a trip to the Petersen Automotive Museum located in Los Angeles, California. This museum boasts a diverse range of exhibits that are sure to please every guest.

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