From the Petersen Museum to Museo Storico Alfa Romeo, these are the world's best car museums

(CNN)In recent years car museums have evolved from a manufacturer's afterthought to must-see destinations in their own right.

And when the Petersen Automotive Museum re-opens next month in Los Angeles, lovers of speed, style and beauty will really have something to celebrate.
"Our goal is to make it one of the world's top automotive museums as well as a cultural destination for everyone who appreciates art and design," the museum's executive director Terry Karges tells CNN.
Pininfarina, Cambiano, Italy.
When the Petersen opens to the public on December 7, it will join the newly renovated Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Italy, as well as others on the roster of must-see museums for car fanatics around the globe. Here are the ones you should know about.
    Scroll through the gallery above for a guide to the world's best car museums.