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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 90036-3605
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+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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If you like cars you must come check this place out. It is amazing. You won't see a collection like this anywhere else in the world. Even if you don't like cars this really is... read more

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If you like cars you must come check this place out. It is amazing. You won't see a collection like this anywhere else in the world. Even if you don't like cars this really is a must do.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Being a motorhead I couldn't pass up the chance for a visit to this famous museum. We came to Southern California for a quick trip to Santa Monica the pier and the end of Route 66. But being so close I had to stop by this mecca for auto enthusiasts. The outside and inside has just undergone a multi million... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A good collection of dream cars, some from various shows to celebrity and historical owners. The only missing part is allowing the visitor a "TEST DRIVE".... :)

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband was in his element expensive cars everywhere Kids loved it too. Was easy to go through each floor and easy to move around the crowds

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This was one of the best museums we visited while in LA. The cost is $15 for adults or $35 if you want to tour the Vault, which I highly recommend. The special vehicles in the vault are incredible pieces of history that you will not want to miss. The vault portion is a 90 minute guided tour with a... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place and well done for all ages even if you do not like cars.The architecture is fantastic,parking easy and it is fascinating

Thank cherylellen
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see for car enthusiast! Our guide in the vault was as thorough as one could be on the collection and on the history of the auto. It differently felt like you wanted to see more of the cars that were not in the public area. And it is ashamed that you can not take any pictures... More 

Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was headed to Lacma for the day and the parking garage was full ,ended up parking in Peterson Parking and spent the day there. Had a wonderful lunch at their restaurant and enjoyed everything Peterson had to offer. We never made it to Lacma but will try later. Don't miss out on this gem !

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Howell, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for car buffs if any age. Many interesting exhibits and hands-on workshops for kids. Parking pricey, free 30 minutes is not enough, so you pay $12 for all day, though 2 hours probably plenty for museum. Many high-end cars on display, rare and historically significant ones, with nice narrative about cars.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time here, the exterior of the museum was already amazing, inside of super clean and shining, rather than says it's a museum, its more like a gallery. The services was great, people were polite and kind. The cars in there is amazing. One of the must go place when visiting L.A.

Thank Yutai H

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