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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 #23 of 391 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 August 21, 2014 NEW

Movies at the Petersen Auto Museum was a great treat! Free, affordable snacks and beautiful cars and bikes. Nice movie selection and all around fun. Parking is a bit pricey but there is select neighborhood parking.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I am a car guy so while on a Los Angeles vacation I dragged my partner to the Petersen. The cars they did have on display were exceptionally well restored, but all in all, there were not that many vehicles to actually see in the main museum unless you pay the up-sell price (which is more again than the basic... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The Petersen museum has something for everyone, the top floors are filled with great vehicles and displays that allow you to 'travel in time through automotive history' the details given on the display cards are fascinating even to non petrol heads like myself who had arranged the trip as a surprise for my Husband whilst in LA. However for the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

If you are a car buff like I am, you'll love this museum. What an amazing collection! And the really wonderful part of it now... they've finally opened the vault, which contains cars that you will never see in the the "upstairs" part of the museum. Why? Because they are too rare and valuable to risk being accidentally scratched. The... More

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West Covina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The Petersen met my expectations - and my expectations were high. It is a multi-faceted automotive museum where you could easily spend several hours traversing the history of motoring, not just in Los Angeles, but worldwide. Downstairs, you will discover the roots (and routes!) of California car culture through fantastic displays that you can actually walk through. Upstairs, there are... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I visited with 2 car lovers, and found the exhibits most interesting and fun. This is a great value, as well, with tiered pricing, depending on how in-depth your interest is. The higher priced tour of the Vault received rave reviews from my travelling partners, as well.

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San Marcos, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Very nice museum with a lot to see. I visited with my son and we loved it! Take the vault tour if you like history and special insight. The upper part of the museum was nice enough although it won't take very long to see it all (1-2 hrs). Book the tour when you show up as it only goes... More

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Calabasas, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A great collection of beautiful cars. If you love cars (or just like pretty things) this the place for you. Be sure to check hours of operation.

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Many of the treasures from the Petersen Automotive Museum have featured on Jay Leno's Garage and it was one attraction we just had to see! Certainly not disappointed with the display of beautifully restored and original auto creations. Our visit coincided with the 50 years of Mustang and Town Cars - Arriving in Style displays. To ogle at two floors... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Adults could easily spend a whole day reading all the great info at the museum. Kids will enjoy it, but move through very quickly. Wonderful half day indoor activity.

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