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Petersen Automotive Museum

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Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
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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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large, varied collection makes this museum a great experience

If you like one off cars, exotic cars, European cars including right-hand drive, race cars, motorcycles, movie cars, reproductions and cars painted by top artists you will love... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Marina del Rey, California
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Marina del Rey, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like one off cars, exotic cars, European cars including right-hand drive, race cars, motorcycles, movie cars, reproductions and cars painted by top artists you will love this museum. I was here many years ago and remember a completely different line-up. The fantastic remodel might have something to do with this. We did not pay the extra $20 to... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

$15 per person, quite normal for a museum in this city. $12 to park in their parking garage to see the museum is moronic. To punish guests to see the museum is insulting and rude. Just drive around the city, you see the same caliber of vehicles and you'll save about $45. Avoid

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Thank Wayne B
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits of automobiles (cars, to most of us) was really fantastic. Many beautiful cars that are truly works of art and design. But that is most of the museum and well worth the visit. However... you must buy the extra trip to the Vault. It is what evoked the "amazing" in my headline for this review. A real trip... More 

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Thank Mitchell W
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed an afternoon and some super cars to be looked at. Spread over 3 floors and some jems to be seen.

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Everett, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the great museums of the world if one likes cars. It is laid out near perfect with lots of displays. A restaurant is on site and the parking garage is a fair price for all day. I rate this a must see. Get there quick if you want to see the Dan Gurney collection which is quite special.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friends took me here for my birthday since I'm a bit of a car fanatic. There were plenty of interesting cars to see. We also shelled out for the private collection tour in their basement. It is a 1.5 hour guided tour where you may see some historic vehicles and get a background story. There are also random and... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful collection of cars and motorcycles. You'll find an excellent collection of Bugattis, Ferraris, famous Hollywood cars, drag cars, other historic European, American and Oriental cars. Classic Indian and H-D motorcycles are also present. A great way to spend an afternoon in L.A.!

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on Friday evening, traffic was horrible due to construction on Wilshire Blvd. But parking is easy once you get to the garage.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a few hours to kill so took in this museum. Was not disappointed. There was a nice collection of all types of cars from very early models to current. Staff was very friendly and always had a story to tell.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredible museum, could easily spend a day here. Beautiful presentation of the cars and the vault tour was excellent. Don't go to LA and miss this museum, it's a must do - I highly recommend this place!

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