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Petersen Automotive Museum

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Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
Phone Number: +1 323-930-2277
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Automotive Porn!!

If you love all things automotive then this is heaven! This has the most impressive collection of cars I've ever seen. It's laid out like an art exhibition and shows off the... read more

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you love all things automotive then this is heaven! This has the most impressive collection of cars I've ever seen. It's laid out like an art exhibition and shows off the vehicles as such. We loved it! If you have young kids with you there are interactive displays and workshops for them to take part in. I thoroughly recommend... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a company social there and there are many types and classes of cars and motorcycles to see -- three stories of automobiles from the old to those used in movies. Cool place to go if you love cars and easy to get around. Place will take approx. 2-hours to see everything.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My first visit since the remodelling and expected to be underwhelmed but happy to say the refurbishment was money well spent. Many integrative media displays on 3 display floors. Many USB and inductive pads for charging cell phones. A new section has been added highlighting alternative fuels and the history. There is a large supervised kids section. Take the vault... More 

Thank Phil S
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Petersen was done over recently with the outside looking like a racetrack. More importantly, the inside is awesome! The cars are unique and cannot see anywhere else. Not only can you look at the cars but go into a room you can video race cars and another room of how to design cars. There are three floors that are... More 

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Cody, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with a friend. We are both car enthusiast, but not grease monkeys. Spent a few hours going through the place. They have a general admission price or for a little more money you get the vault tour. It took about 90 minutes. They bring a small group to their basement area where you can view a selection of... More 

Thank Ron P
Louisville, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband is a car nut but the kids run out of attention span very quickly. Petersen Museum has revamped their kids play space, staffed it with friendly, engaging staff and created an exceptional place to visit. The cars are endlessly amazing - even the Batmobile and Batbike were there - satisfying car buffs and the remodeled space in stunning.... More 

Thank Amanda H
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved it. Equal to any other car collection in the World. Just saw the standard museum ticket offering but there is enough to keep you dazzled for 1-3 hours, depending how long you gaze longingly at exhibits. Car enthusiasts will love it. Bikers get a small display of 10mins viewing. But plenty of interest for non car nuts too. Shop... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some beautiful cars, the like of which will never be seen again, such as the achingly extravagant Delhayes, An interesting museum, though thin on atmosphere. It needed some sort of vibrancy. In a few years we will all be driving electric cars, and generations will have forgotten the sound of the internl combustion engine in all its glory. Yet this... More 

Thank Simon F
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband is a car fanatic and LOVED this place but I think anyone can appreciate the beauty and pricelessness of this car collection. The new museum is immaculate and well staffed. We were at the old one years ago and it was also very nice so clearly there was an incentive to spend more $! There could be more... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Peterson Auto Museum has a great collection of cars, and never the same!! There are a lot of exhibits that they have there. I have been to the museum for private events as well. Which is way cool way to see it.

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