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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
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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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For us normal people who drive normal cars, this place has the stuff of dreams --- extremely magnificent automobiles, which qualify as works of art & technical prowess. The salon... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Vancouver
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For us normal people who drive normal cars, this place has the stuff of dreams --- extremely magnificent automobiles, which qualify as works of art & technical prowess. The salon presentation of some of the collection, with soft piped music & dreamlike light patterns on the long wall, is pretty amazing.

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Irvine, California
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Next time you are in LA , be sure to spend the afternoon exploring the incredibly spectacular automobile collection. They make it very easy with their own parking lot. $12 for the day. The staff is very helpful and welcoming. Apparently they have been around for a while. The closed for a while; remodeled. The photo below is the new... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you find yourself close to the museum and have no plans for the day; it's definitely the right place to go. Of course, if you are interested in cars (Old & New). I enjoyed my visit and the place is well-organized in a way that people will not get bored while roaming around.

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sterlingroad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The recently remodeled Petersen Automotive Museum has been re-invented. The old Petersen had grown stagnate and stale with dioramas that had been displayed for years. The museum had began to feel like a tomb. The new version is a great leap forward in architectural design and automotive displays. The Petersen, now under the leadership of Peter Mullin, has been brought... More 

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Aptos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Completion of the museum restoration lured me to see the museum again. The museum is still 5-star, but it’s a different 5-star. I miss the old first floor with period cars done in themed settings. I loved seeing the collection of woodies. Or the recreation of a dealer showcase. The cars on the first floor are now impressive, breath-taking even,... More 

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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A really fun museum from car buffs to non-car people. Well presented. Well represented. Could have had more exciting supercars from the past eras. Mullen room on the first floor was the best of his collection but no reason not to visit his museum in Oxnard which is wonderful. A must for any local or visitor to LA.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on a weekday, and it was not crowded at all. This was great for taking pictures as you're not waiting for people to get out of your shot, etc... $12.50 to park and $15 admission. For an extra $20 they'll give you an hour+ guided tour of the "Vault". There are 3 or 4 of these tours daily/no... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was frankly surprised by how much my fiancé and I enjoyed this museum. The recently remodeled and reopened Peterson Automotive Museum is an impressive collection. You'll see cars which are intrinsically beautiful, cars which are historic because their technology, bizarre cars, cars used in movies, cars owned by famous people, and some which fit multiple categories. The car shot... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the founder of Hot Rod magazine, a stunning collection of old new and questionably authentic motors. Brilliantly presented and just near the museums so all the family can join in. Not the cheapest show in LA but if this is your bag ( or dragster) you will love it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

$15 to get in and $12 to park. Some very old cars and some cars from films. I went round in an hour and deeply unimpressed and I am a huge car fan. There were more impressive cars in the car park. Sorry. Fail.

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