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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 #24 of 397 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums, Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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silver spring md
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I am a car nut, so I judge a bit harshly (and I took in Nethercutt 2 days after, and this isn't that). Took the vault tour and at $34 combined I think plus parking, so I have some nits to pick. The vault was interesting, but static and the omnipresent security guard was a bit much. No pictures (uh... More

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Ridgehaven
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Paid $ 15 admission each + $10 to park for a nice but very biased display of cars. Ford was almost over represented with a few german and english cars thrown in, mainly historic. Not one GM car on show except the Volt in the electric display and I'm sure they would have used a Ford if there was one... More

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Aliso Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My brother and his wife were here from Arizona and suggested we visit the Petersen Auto Museum, which my husband and I had not heard of even living here in So. Cal. all of our life. Wow, what a great place to spend the afternoon. First off, it was a little bit of a drive from OC to Wilshire Blvd.... More

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Woodland Hills,CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have to admit I am not a super fan and don't read car magazines, however ended up in a function at the museum. I was so impressed! It was so tastefully curated, I ended up spending an extra hour going thru it. I can't wait to bring my 7 yr old- I know he would love it and especially... More

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