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Petersen Automotive Museum

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Neighborhood: Central L.A
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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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Car enthusiasts young and old - rejoice

My twin 10 year old loved it!! Amazing selection of cars and interesting stories to go with each vehicle. Great day for my kids!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My twin 10 year old loved it!! Amazing selection of cars and interesting stories to go with each vehicle. Great day for my kids!!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Very interesting indeed. We took the tour so we were able to see the underground (Secret) collection.

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Malibu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a well organized museum with interesting car displays. You can walk through the museum in less than an hour and have a pleasant informative visit

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Best collection of historic vehicles anywhere on the West Coast! The Peterson is always a treat with a great rotation of new exhibitions and a permanent collection that would make any collector got wild. If you are a car enthusiast, it is a must! Enjoy!

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Pasadena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Bob Peterson was in love with cars, and collected cars his whole life. This is his amazing collection of cars both foreign and domestic, and from all eras. Multiple floors and a huge collection... you will see hard to find cars and beautiful restorations of the amazing cars of the past century.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great history and amazing cars! If you're into a cars even a "little" you will definitely enjoy this. Very well presented and even a floor with lots of fun for the little ones to explore and learn. The displays are the caliber you'd expect in LA/near Hollywood. A great walk through time in the history of amazing automobiles! A must... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Problem is right now they are closed for remodeling. When I was teaching I brought my high school students to this museum. I was always surprised that the girls were really interested in all the cars and the history. Of course the guys really enjoyed it. The students were in a hospitality academy so they were able to track the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

wonderful collection of cars and motoring artefacts - so worth the visit for anyone with an interest in cars.

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Coto de Caza, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is a great 'add-on' museum (only takes an hour +) if you're taking in the area near the tar pits, LACMA and Page Museum. There are some fun cars, some exotics, the space is clean and family friendly with a few areas dedicated to engage younger children.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

See the same cars in both places, but the Nethercutt is FREE. The cars are seen with the backgrounds from the era they came out in.

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Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone Number: +1 323-930-2277
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A

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