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Petersen Automotive Museum

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Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone Number: +1 323-930-2277
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and...
The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example. Encompassing more than 300,000 square feet, its exhibits and lifelike dioramas feature more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Covering four floors, the facility features permanent exhibits on the first floor that trace the history of the automobile. Visitors are invited to walk through, not by, exhibits and dioramas and experience settings of early Los Angeles where the world’s first shopping district was designed. The second floor presents five rotating galleries with state-of-the-art displays of race cars, classic cars, vintage motorcycles, concept cars, celebrity and movie cars, and auto design and technology. The May Family Discovery Center is located on the third floor. Designed to spark interest in science by way of the automobile, the 6,500 square-foot, interactive "hands-on" learning center teaches children basic scientific principles by explaining the fundamental functions of a car. A spectacular all-glass penthouse conference center, Founder’s Lounge and kitchen, comprise the fourth floor, which is available for special events and functions. The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors.
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Fabulous Find For The Autofile

Great collection of vintage and unique automobiles, beautifully preserved and presented. Fun stuff like Batman's car give a whimsical twist to the collection. History buffs will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Great collection of vintage and unique automobiles, beautifully preserved and presented. Fun stuff like Batman's car give a whimsical twist to the collection. History buffs will be blown away. Don't miss the collection of Presidential limo's. Believe this facility is temporary closed for remodel, but portions of the collections are viewable in the interim at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I just love cars and had been meaning to visit the Petersen for years. And wow the day I take him, it wasn't really busy, but they were filming an episode of Chasing Classic Cars there, one of his favorite shows and Wayne walked right by us. We fell in love with the red and green Steve McQueen cars. So... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We all see, drive, and ride in cars, but Petersen makes car history an adventure. Exhibits are well designed, and well explained. It si a must see in Los Angeles, a gem like no other!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I attended a white tasting event here with my wife and a bunch of friends. The cars on display were pretty cool!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Petersen Automotive Museum has officially begun construction and will re-open in December of 2015. They are showing the complete renovation on their web site and thru social channels. I was there on business and had a tour of the construction site. It's incredible, as they gutted the building. It will be a completely new museum. The outside an incredible... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Have boy's who like car's cop's fire trucks etc ? than this place is for you ! little girls may get a bit bored , but boys will love it ! lot's of Touch exibhits and hands on stuff to do ;-)

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had planned on going to the Peterson museum as we always do when we are in town. Been there a bunch of times and as a dedicated gear-head and former mechanic, this place rocks. But it doesn't rock when it's not open. We could not believe they couldn't keep one part open during the construction. We were totally disappointed.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Not just about cars, it's also about how cars transformed our landscapes ie, minimarts, drive-ins, etc. They have presented thorough artistic replicas of our towns. Great history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I'm not a huge car guy, but i do enjoy a good classic car every here and there. They have a good walking tour of the evolution of cars and stuff. pretty interesting. I got a groupon for half price tickets. It was worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Firstly I have to admit it's been well over a year since I was here - some business function that I don't recall. I am not a car nut, but I still found the well kept and exhibited cars to be fascinating to study and learn about. I can't say that I would go if I had to pay the... More 

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