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Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
+1 323-930-2277
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Ranked #22 of 402 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

If you love car, old and new this is the best auto museum I have ever visited. Be sure to see if you can get a private tour of the Vault.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Superb museum. The Vault is well worth the extra money, the cars in that area are incredible. If your interested in cars at all this is a must visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is a great museum. I would thoroughly recommend the vault tour - my favourites were the gold-plated Delorean, Magnum PIs Ferrari, and an armoured car used by Saddam Hussein.

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Peterson is THE place to go if you have any interest in cars at all. There is, literally, something for everyone here and the place just gets better and better every time. Exhibitions change periodically so there's always a good excuse to return. Spend the day or spend an hour. Great L.A. place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We visited the Peterson on our last day in the USA. It was the day before they were closing for 12 months for refurbishment. The museum is fantastic for car lovers and even those who are not. There are many amazing historic and significant vehicles. We spent the whole day and still did not see everything. A visit to the... More

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Woodland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

it houses lots of cars but also gives us a brief history behind it. It also has automotive from movies which were very exciting. the entry fee is steep in my opinion, it is better to wait for deals coming around all the time

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Unbelievable!. First of all the Tour Guide was probably the most informed person on any subject I ever met (been to zillions of places)!. Went into the vault, group of us, UC Berkeley Alumni, and lo and behold, cars beyond cars: original, historic, hot rods, cars from movies, head of state, cars made for women, luxurious cars, racing cars, small... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I've been crazy about cars all my life. My first sentence even had a car in it. So I loved this place. But if you're not, I'd pass.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

I visited the museum with my husband and booked to go on the VIP vault tour. There are lots of amazing cars to look at and the collection is always changing. The vault tour was very much worth the extra money. It was a 90 minute tour and you got to see the best of the collection. The tour guide... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I have both attended the museum, and work for a company that holds events there as well. It's fun for both event attendees as well as museum-goers. The staff at the Petersen is first-rate, and they change out the cars quite often. The displays are fun and describe not only the car, but the history around the car as well.... More

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