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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
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+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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Los Angeles' Premiere Auto Museum

The focus of this museum is "the car." There is the French Auto Room, there's the racing car room, there's the high-end silver car room, there seems to be a room for every thing... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The focus of this museum is "the car." There is the French Auto Room, there's the racing car room, there's the high-end silver car room, there seems to be a room for every thing. Which left me wandering a bit. I did LOVE what I saw but categorizing what I saw is a challenge. The admission for seniors as $12,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have always wanted to visit the Peterson Automotive Museum and I recently had my chance. This is a great collection of cars through the ages with many prototypes and originals. There is a play area for small children and several rooms where information on the collections can be obtained. If you are a car enthusiast this is the place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice place to visit if you like automobiles, new ones, old ones. It's just a great place to visit, one of my favorite museums in town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Peterson car museum is a great day out for any car enthusiast. The kids loved looking at all the cars on display. The interactive displays were not only educational they were fun and really entertained the kids and started them thinking about some basic mechanics principles. There are a huge variety of cars on display, we only did the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I didn't care much about cars, but a friend told me to visit anyway. I did and came away with a wonderful experience. The beauty, the chrome, the classic dashboards and steering wheels, just to name a few were great to see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I were looking for something indoors to do while visiting LA on a rare rainy day. We have done all of the usual museums before and were looking for something different, so settled on the Petersen Auto Museum. It was impressive. The building itself is very cool, having just undergone a renovation and the contents were very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm a car lover, but you certainly don't need to be to enjoy this amazing museum. After a complete renovation, this place is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! The collection is stellar and the space itself is gorgeous. Be sure to get a Vault ticket for a guided tour of the overflow collection in the basement. It's made up of cars that have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must for any car lover. Located in downtown LA is one amazing auto museums anywhere. You can view everything the first practical car, celebrity rides, cars from cinema, electric and fuel efficient, classic racers, some gorgeous 50s and 60s sculpted beauties and a impressive Bugatti set up. I personally really fell in love with the Precious Metals... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Even for a non car enthusiast, this is a must see while in L.A. The sheer volume and diversity of cars is incredible. They have an entire floor dedicated to Bugatti! The collection of cars from famous movies such as Back to the Future and the Batman movies is spectacular. Even, something as mundane as the physical building itself is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum, in the middle of Los Angeles, is a fantastic collection of antique cars. There are cars from all errors, of all types, in beautiful condition. This is a great place to spend an afternoon and take in the history of the automobile.

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