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Review of Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum
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$75.00*
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Fee: Yes
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.
Jeannette, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Enjoyable learning experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012

I'm not a car buff or a gear head, but this experience was a pleasant surprise. From the influence of the Italian designers, to the Batmobile to the realistic "sets" in which the cars are placed, this rainy day activity was a hit. The family wagon and the Triumph in the unfinished family garage of the 50s and 60s was spot on!

Visited December 2012
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“Excellect selection of vintage and modern cars”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

This museum contains an excellent selection of vehicles from the early 1900's through to the latest sleek sports cars. The museum is well laid out with vehicles set in appropriate settings which include garage workshops to street scenes from that period in time. The museum is set on two floors with an escalator between floors. The description associated with each vehicle is comprehensive and easy to understand. Parking is available at the Museum for a reasonable fee and a 'Johnny Rocket' restaurant is part of the Museum. This museum is well worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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Corona, California, United States
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“great day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

The Petersen automotive museum was an unexpected delight. The car are displayed beautifully. It was a great day. I only wish we could have got there earlier so we could have had more time there. Great value.

Visited November 2012
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hadley rille
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“Fabulous car museum. One of best in world!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

As a car buff I was in heaven. Dioramas are fabulous. Johnny rockets was great. Would return again and again. Parking on side street possible.

Visited February 2012
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Northfield, Minnesota
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“Great Collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Awesome car collection, interesting write-ups, and enough to fill an hour or two of browsing. The only downside was that the Bugatti Veyron was gone, but other than that, loved everything else.

Visited November 2012
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