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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 #21 of 390 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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Woodland Hills,CA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

this was a very good visit at the museum. Make sure to explore the vault though as it is the most interesting part of the museum.

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Basically 2 stories of a vast assortment of vehicles (cars, trucks and cycles) from throughout history all displayed excellently. Many vehicle previously owned by famous individuals. Well worth a visit.

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Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Took hubby to the Petersen museum on a recent holiday to LA. Booked the Vault tour on line, very impressed. The museum is currently undergoing external works so it was a little confusing working out how to get it but once we were in it was great. He is a car guy and me not so much but I still... More

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Osprey, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We have spent time at this interesting museum in the past and for this trip to CA we decided to opt for the vault tour. This is what they bill as a 90 minute tour but our group was there for nearly a full 2 hours. The docent was very knowledgeable and informative. You walk around an underground garage while... More

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Pearland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This museum is for the "car person" who loves the evolution and variety of vehicles from Model A's to modern. The museum has a great layout that walks you through time, is period correct and have some awesome cars you don't see everyday. The variety is wide, so take your camera or mobile device.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Some very rare cars on display. The museum is undergoing a major overhaul both inside and out, so the 3rd floor has been emptied and there's construction all around the building and parking lot.

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Van Nuys
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a special event! Going to the Petersen Automotive Museum after hours, and seeing a special screening of Cars 2. There were free popcorn, and other goodies we could purchase for a small fee. It was great to pass by these classic cars as we made our way to the screening room. At the end of the movie, my kids... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My kids really enjoyed the experience. They got to see some of the exhibits before the movie. The only thing i would recommend is that with smaller kids, try to sit in the front because if an adult sits in front of them, they will not be able to see. Other than that, the experience was awesome.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

this was a great opportunity to get your family out on the town. Parking was good, and the mini sprinkles cupcakes were a treat, not sure if you arrived really early if there were more choices. A little noisy with so many kids, it would have been nice to have it a little more quit to enjoy the movie, first... More

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