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Petersen Automotive Museum

Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
Phone Number: +1 323-930-2277
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Ranked #19 of 696 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, History museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and...
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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 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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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

if you are a auto geek like me, you'll love this place. cars from over a hundred years ago till today. I am lucky enough to be the owner of a 1979 Pontiac firebird. bought it brand new. los angeles is known for it's obsession with cars, so what a better place to visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not being particularly a car geek, I never considered visiting the museum. So I was pleasantly surprised by how fun my visit was, especially the James Bond exhibit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great place to spend a few hours seeing some of the most rare and beautiful cars on earth.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Petersen has a great collection of cars and other vehicles dating from the earliest days of the automobile to the present. It also has some exhibits relating to the culture of the automobile, which has been a quintessential aspect of the history of Los Angeles. As you would expect in LA, many of the vehicles have connections to showbusiness... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Such a great collection. One of the best recommendations that I got from a friend was to sign up for the newsletter. I did not realize how many great events are held on weekends there at the Museum. Very worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

What a truly wonderful car collection, presented with world-class taste. My wife and I spent over two hours there. It was time well-invested.

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West Hollywood, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I had a % and so we went since it was down the street from where we were staying and glad we went. They have informative plaques in front of the cars. I felt as if I was going through a time machine! So many cars, so many talks with my grandfather, so many movies! They have cars owned by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We were on the beginning of a California road trip and had been attending the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas. We drove to LA to specifically visit car museums there. We arrived at the Petersen around Noon. On the way there, I read about the vault tour and called ahead to reserve spots for us. We were so glad we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Great place to see vehicles, sometimes owned by celebrities or seen in movies or on TV, etc. The display of vehicles changes, so GOOGLE their web site to ascertain what is on view.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The Peterson goes beyond just having a collection of old cars. They place them on "movie sets". Quite unique for auto museums. "special collections" change from time to time. If you love old cars and want to revisit old times this place is for you.

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