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Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
323-930-2277
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As featured in 3 days in Los Angeles
Ranked #24 of 368 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Los Angeles, California, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Petersen is getting better and better. If you love cars, this is the place to go to see a wide variety of vehicles without fighting the crowds at the L.A. Auto Show. The current Town Cars exhibit is fascinating. The new Sports Coupe exhibit is worthwhile as well. The permanent collection needs some updating, but is still really fun... More

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Cleveland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

My husband loves cars, so made this trip for him, but I enjoyed it as well. They have very nice displays in addition to the amazing cars. We did The Vault tour, and extra charge, but it was worth it. It added about 90 minutes and I would have liked only an hour, but saw many different cars. Enjoyed hearing... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Wow, what a place! I've been waiting a couple of decades to have a chance to see this and it was even better than I thought it'd be. I was super excited when I saw that there were four floors, but there are really only two, with the 3rd floor being for kids and I'm not even sure what's on... More

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Battle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

This is a great place for car buffs. A wide range of US cars with helpful and detailed information giving the car's history, background, and context. The street scenes make it interesting for kids and families. Also, there is a history of the development of the LA freeway system, which is very interesting for those of is from other countries.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

My husband and 15 yr. old son visited the Petersen museum while my daughter and I shopped near the original farmers market. It was a short walk from the original farmer's market to this museum so it was a great time to split boys and girls. They stayed at the museum about 3 hours. They did the VAULT upgrade and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Parking was $10 for 3 hours. Museum tix were $40. Not worth the money but had interesting exhibits. If we had known the nethercutt museum was free would have went there instead.

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Hammonton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My wife and I visited here during our vacation to L.A. It is a terrific museum with a terrific staff. When you visit make sure to purchase the "Vault" tour as well. You will get a wonderful tour of vehicles you will not see anywhere else. You can spend hours or probably a full day if you really wanted to.... More

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Libertyville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

What a treasure this museum is for car buffs! Took two boys to see the Vault, the large underground private collection of the museum founder. From vintage Ferraris to one-of-a-kind Rolls Royces and Jaguars to racing bikes and hot rods, this is an amazing tour with an excellent, well-informed guide. Pay for the Vault tour and enjoy it - we... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I ended up at the Automotive Museum because the Arts Museum over the road was closed Wednesdays. I had a few hours to kill so decided to pay the extra and do the Vault Tour. This was fantastic. Our tour guide obviously loves his job and knows his stuff which made the tour very informative and enjoyable even for a... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

When we arrived at the museum with our tour group we did not even imagine how great this museum is for automobiles .From the oldest to new there is a wonderful collection and priceless. You will never get to see this in any other part of the world and I was amazed as I normally do not take so much... More

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