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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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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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Amazing Car Museum

This museum is amazing. So many beautiful cars to look at. They are under going a major renovation now, so I can only imagine how wonderful it will be when they are finished. They... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This museum is amazing. So many beautiful cars to look at. They are under going a major renovation now, so I can only imagine how wonderful it will be when they are finished. They have all kinds of cars from old classics to cars that have been in the movies like James Bond. Plan to spend many hours there. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My husband and I have been to auto museums all over the United States. We are pleased to have such a wonderful display in our home town!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Every few months they revolve new cars and themes into the museum. Often people donate from there collection to the museum for a short period of time. They focus on the history of the automobile culture in Southern California.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you are a classic car enthusiast you have to go to the Petersen. Neat movie cars and automotive history. Rotating displays such as the Million Dollar Car exhibit are great. Right across from the LA County Museum of Art and La Brea Tar Pits (Page Museum which has always been a favorite of mine).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a great place to spend an afternoon. Not only are many cars on display, but for a few extra $$ they will take you down into the vaults where there are more interesting cars than can be imagined. Some are historical, some are from entertainment events, some are just interesting, one-of-a kind vehicles. Good for adults, children, anyone... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

You don't have to be a car finattic to enjoy this museum. We took our nephew as he is, but we also enjoyed the displayed cars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Made the trek down to museum only to learn it is closed until December - undergoing renovations - bit disappointed couldn't find any notifications on web site of this closure - hope this saves someone else a wasted trip

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Although i don't drive and know nuts about cars, i still enjoyed myself seeing the car exhibits. Come visit if you are into antique cars and have loads of time to spare.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Closed for renovation, but when they open at the end of 2015 it should be fantastic. They have a jaw drawing collection of cars and different exhibits. It's worth checking out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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