The Delorean Time Machine at the Petersen Automotive Museum

“Hollywood Dream Machines” brings iconic cars to life

At the Petersen Automotive Museum, mixed reality gives fans an inside look at the iconic cars from Back to the Future and Halo.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is home to one of the greatest collections of automobiles in the world, including many one-of-a-kind vehicles from film, television, and video games. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Petersen teamed up with the Comic-Con Museum to spotlight iconic cars in their collection. “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” brings some of the most recognizable automobiles of all time into one exhibit.

Putting these vehicles into one exhibit was just the beginning. The Petersen wanted to bring a new element of theater to the iconic DeLorean from Back to the Future and the “Warthog” from the Halo gaming franchise. They wanted to create an immersive mixed-reality experience with HoloLens, bringing these fan-favorite vehicles to visitors in a whole new way.

Anyone who sees a DeLorean on the street says the same thing: 'It's the Back to the Future car!'

- Bob Gale, creator and producer of Back to the Future
Bob Gale and the Delorean Time Machine
The Delorean Time Machine at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Mixed Reality Experience at the Petersen Automotive Museum
The HoloLens experience features an intimate tour of the legendary DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future, restored to its 1980s glory. And it’s not just anyone guiding fans through the experience—the tour guide is Bob Gale himself, creator and producer of Back to the Future.
The DeLorean is like a time capsule. It was the most futuristic car Hollywood could produce at the time, thanks to its spacey gull-wing doors and all-steel exterior. The prop department still had to find the right gadgets and gizmos to make it look like it was made by a mad scientist.
Explore the inner workings of the DeLorean Time Machine with a HoloLens experience.
The Warthog from Halo
The Halo Warthog at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Mixed Reality Experience at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Video games like Halo are thrilling because their worlds aren’t tethered by real-world constraints. The experience at the Petersen aims to immerse fans in the game by recreating the landscape of Halo and helping them relive the first time they saw the iconic Warthog.
Halo is also known for its iconic vehicles—but the all-terrain Warthog is the most famous. Taken straight from a tour on an alien world, this battle-worn Warthog is introduced to fans by 343 Guilty Spark—the AI monitor of Halo ring Installation 04 and an expert on human military vehicles.
Dive deeper into the Warthog with a HoloLens experience.

The stories of the Warthog and DeLorean come alive through mixed-reality technology in a way that sparks fans’ imagination all over again. It makes for a museum experience as unforgettable as the vehicles themselves.

A visitor viewing the Warthog
A visitor wearing the Hololens
A visitor viewing the Delorean
Immersed in the world
"Everybody's been to a museum, but being in the mixed reality experience just takes it up a notch. It really brought it to life in a way I hadn't experienced before." - Visitor, Petersen Automotive Museum
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Experience the Hollywood Dream Machines
Head to Los Angeles to experience “Hollywood Dream Machines: Worlds Reimaginedin person. The exhibit is open to the public through March 15, 2020.
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