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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
Fee: Yes
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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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Fabulous Museum to Visit

Recently renovated, we were looking forward to our return trip - and were not disappointed. Great for all ages, the museum has even added an interactive tablet experience for... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Recently renovated, we were looking forward to our return trip - and were not disappointed. Great for all ages, the museum has even added an interactive tablet experience for children. The cars on exhibit were wonderful - and the displays were very well done. We added a tour of the Vault where automobiles are stored when not on display. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For those who are fascinated for automobiles and its technology, do not spend less than 3 hours in this fantastic place. Located in a brand new building, exposing its lines which remind us "motion", the museum contains hundreds of cars, for all times. Do not forget to stop at the store and buy the museum's book. Important: the museum has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a truly amazing museum. I would recommend it to anyone who loves cars. We were in awe as we walked around and viewed cars we'd never heard of or seen only in books and TV shows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It has been completely renovated. It has a private tour to the garage, I very much recommend it. It is very large, has a huge variety of cars, from the first cars in history, to the most famous ones that belonged to celebrities, to the ones used in movies, like the Bat mobile, to race cars, you name it. Very... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Petersen Automotive Museum is a world class museum of cars. I've been to a few car museums, including the Nethercutt collection in Sylmar (which is a lovely collection of cars in a warehouse style room) and the American on Wheels Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania (which is more museum like in it's exhibits) but walking through the three floors of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is difficult to verbalize the magnitude of the Peterson. It is without doubt the best auto museum we have ever seen. We had visited the first incarnation about ten years ago. For a time, we were members. But as we have discovered you cannot belong to everything and we have opted to belong to venues closer to home. If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just visited the new and improved Peterson Automotive Museum. 3 floors of vintage cars of every description. Pay the extra fee to visit the "vault" You get a guided tour of the best cars in the collection. If you love cars this is the place for you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you love cars, this is a must visit. The Delahaye exhibit was simply stunning, I could have sat for hours just looking at the beautiful lines of the cars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We just got the general admission tickets but there was plenty for us to see. Absolutely no complaints, fantastic seeing all the beautiful old cars in such pristine condition. Well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fascinating and a great way to spend the afternoon. Educational, interesting and surprisingly, for one who is not 'into cars', an enjoyable afternoon. Great place to bring visitors from out of town!

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