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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
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

I am not a car fanatic, but it's definitely a nice trip to take because there are just so many cars to see. It's a great way to see how transportation and technology have evolved hand in hand. There are also other transportation vehicles and memorabilia displayed. There's a children's center where they can actually touch and sit in vehicles.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

in a central place this museum is fun, well placed and even a not fanatic will enjoy it. is not for a long tour in couple of hours you are done and ready.. there is a Cadillac 59 coupe red fantastic..

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West Hollywood, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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Los Angeles, California, United States
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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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Address: 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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