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Petersen Automotive Museum
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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 September 24, 2012

It has all the classic cars collection from history, of the big famous brands. Mostly, you name it, you can find it.
Besides cars, it has the historic scenes set up for the cars display, which add on the fun to walk around. And also, they show the related LA history along.
The souvenier store is fun that you can get something fun there, it worths a visit. Side note, chili fries from that Tommy's inside, is goood.

Thank JuliaPetite
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

I've been in the area a number of times whilst in the US, and I've always wanted to visit The Petersen as an avid car guy ;) The museum was very well laid out in a thematic manner and the cars were of a very high quality. Would love to have had the chance to see the vault?

Thank Charlville
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

My wife and I toured the museum last Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, while visiting family in LA. We were very impressed with the quality, selection and settings in which the cars were presented. You could "get up close" and we really enjoyed the write-ups with the history or other interesting information displayed with each car. The exhibits are diverse, but conspicuously missing, however, were cars of historical significance in American automotive history. There were no Chevys from the '54 - '57 era. In fact, there were no GM cars from that time period other than a '57 Buick police car. Also missing were Corvettes and Ford Thunderbirds. There might be a good reason....if so, I would advise creation of a highly visible poster communicating that.

Jack Cipoletti
Charleston, WV

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Need an antique car fix? This is where you get it in LA. Don't miss. This collection also includes pictures and scenes of old Los Angeles and surrounding area.

Thank lud2006
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Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

Found the Petersen on TA and decide to stop by as first thing in the morning. Found parking attached and walked into the main lobby of the museum.
Kept on walking into Johny Rockets for a burger. After a quick bite the server asked if we were going into the Petersen. He then passed over a 2 for 1 voucher which was good.
The Petersen is spread over three floors. A street scape display on one and fantastic autos on tw and kids interactive on three
Autos range from current models to classic dusenbergs. Some movie cars and electric, turbine and steam powered.
Enjoyed the morning.

Thank Greg8780
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