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“Wow. Car buffs will be blown away” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
323-930-2277
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Ranked #22 of 382 attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums, Museums
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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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“Wow. Car buffs will be blown away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I brought my husband here as a surprise, knowing he would love anything that has classic cars. The big surprise was how much I enjoyed it. It is a fascinating look at all things related to autos, and there are some amazing restored cars here that you will not see anywhere else. fascinating.

Visited September 2013
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“Relatively small museum but fantastic cars!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The Petersen Car museum is two floors of exhibits of mostly rebuilt cars from the first Ford up until the present. There was an exhibit of fin cars, pick up trucks and an area called Hollywood, where there were about 20 cars from movies or that celebrities owned. The original batcycle was there from the 1966 Batman TV show and a batmobile from two of the early Batman movies.
You can pay extra to visit an additional floor to see items that aren't on display to the general public.
This was a fun museum. My hubby is a car buff and wanted to go here, but I really enjoyed myself as well. The cars here are truly beautiful!
We spent about 1 1/2 hours here and saw everything we wanted. We didn't pay extra for the additional floor.

Visited September 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
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“End of Route 66”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Our group ,having traveled the the entire length of Route 66, decided to explore some of the auto museums in the Los Angles area. The Petersen is a fine museum for the auto enthusiast. Tours are broken down to two different venues. Upstairs in the main area the displays are more contemporary in the styles and history of the automobile. This tour runs about $8 per person for groups. The most worthwhile tour however is the VAULT TOUR which is $25 per person. The Vault (which is a secured underground parking area) contains some of the most unique and interesting cars seen in our whole trip. Well worth the fee.

Visited September 2013
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“A Temple to the Motor Car”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A well done, roomy, and laid back way to see the amazing variety of cars that have the world these past 100+ years. A very good gift shop and a capable staff made the visit highly entertaining. There's a Johnny Rockets eatery in the museum but we didn't care to use it. Parking is IN the museum building and not at all expensive. Enter the garage on Fairfax St.

Try the extra-cost guided tour of the "vault" to see more cars for which the main museum hasn't the room to put in the main display area.

Worth a visit for all car lovers. There's a small section of early motorcycles too.

Visited September 2013
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“Some great cars!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

The exhibits change quite often,otherwise they have some pretty cool cars and yes this is the museum where rapper biggie smalls was killed in front on Wilshire.

Visited December 2012
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