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Petersen Automotive Museum
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Ranked #9 of 596 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 31, 2012

Went in July just in time for the Supercars exhibition.
Huge museum with wide variety of cars and scooters.
No crowds on a weekday morning, giving us ample time to view and appreciate each vehicle (and also lots of photo-taking).

Thank iluvhunni
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"vault tour"
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"on display"
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"love cars"
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"car enthusiast"
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"beautiful cars"
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"movie cars"
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"car guy"
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"classic cars"
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"great car"
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"amazing collection"
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"minute tour"
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

What a fun place to visit. People of all ages will enjoy. Have a fabulous hot wheels display for the wanna be kids. It takes about 2 hours to got through the museum. There is a burger place on the street level. Cars from the past...great exhibits...makes you feel like you have really stepped back in time. Also, celebrity cars for those that are Star Struck

Thank rangodog
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

Very nice presentation of cool vehicles on isplay. We loved the race autos the most. What a place to spend a hot day in the city.

Thank JohnLinder
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

very tastefully done, very informative, the super cars so great. they even have a car Elvis shot a gun in! Must see

Thank Chewtoy33
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

The Museum consists of two public floors telling two different stories. The main floor is a less altered display about the history of how cars and the City of Los Angeles grew together. It includes a dealership recreation, home garage and a diner setting taken from the real world. It is faithful to the city it depicts.
The second floor has revolving displays. These displays tell a story of a type of car, period or other theme. The cars displayed seem individually selected to tell a specific story instead of simply placing many cars lined up as in most car museums. These displays are carefully coordinated. Most cars are approachable or easily seen from close range.
Special programs are conducted from time to time about a display or a topic of interest to car enthusiasts.

Thank Alextalksbusiness
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