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Petersen Automotive Museum

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Neighborhood: Central L.A
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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
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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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Best Auto Museum in L.A. Area

Probably the best and most extensive automobile museum in the greater Los Angeles area. Well laid out, and you can easily see everything (not just rows of parked cars like you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Yuba City, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Probably the best and most extensive automobile museum in the greater Los Angeles area. Well laid out, and you can easily see everything (not just rows of parked cars like you see in other museums). There's something for everyone here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

There is something for every gear head at this great museum! Easy access, fabulous exhibits. Fun for locals and out-of-town guests alike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Located at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire about 5 minutes west of the LA Brea Tar Pits & Museum, the Petersen is now closed until December 2015, but we visited in February 2014, and were amazed. Not just about the cars either, but about the careful context in which they were displayed. Each is displayed in the environment of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The exhibits prior to the renovation were ok, but not mind-blowing. But, the new building IS mind-blowing and it's worth a trip just to look at the outside for free. It is a stunning work of art, IMO. It will be a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went there on our last trip to LA and had a blast. We were looking forward for a repeat performance this trip and were disappointed to see that they were under construction. We hope to see the new version of the museum when we come back in a few months. Our first experience was great, from oldest to youngest... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We have visited the Petersen many times with family and friends. They have a fascinating historical display of a little village of a bygone era complete with the earliest gas station pumps and vintage "shops". There are cars which one would likely never see anywhere else from vintage models to racecars to tv and movie cars including on our visist... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you are a car buff or simply enjoy looking at and interested in history of autos this is your place. They have revolving displays during the year so check out current exhibits on line. Was a little bit disappointed in the tour that allows you to go into the basement to see cars they don't have room for upstairs... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Its closed for renovation and should be very interesting when it reopens. Its right across from LACMA and the new Oscar museum.

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West Hills, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The place is closed due to a major renovation. I am sure the new facility will be great. As of now, nothing happening there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I'm not really into cars, but this museum is well set out and quite interesting. The Hollywood Car exhibit was quite good, and if this is not your first trip to LA, make time for a visit. Also had lunch at the Johnny Rockets next door, and walked up the street to see The Wall exhibit.

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