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“A must for car buffs!!”

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.
Hanover, Pennsylvania
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“A must for car buffs!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

This is a must see for all car buffs. The had a wide variety of different cars and exhibits. Barry McGuire was filming for his show when we where there. Cool hot wheels exhibit. Hollywood movie cars. Very nice gift shop. Great presentation of all the vehicles. Across from the La Brea Tar Pits.

Visited February 2013
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“Always enjoy the museum, the new tour is even more interesting.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

They offer a tour of their 'garage'. The tour guide had lots of facts and interesting stories about the cars that are not on the usual display. The changing displays make going back worth the trip!

Visited February 2013
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Camarillo, California
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“Outstanding auto museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013 via mobile

Outstanding auto museum. Even if you are not a car fanatic you will enjoy the Petersen Museum. Check out the movie cars on the second floor, quite neat. The manner that the cars are displayed, they are a treat, are also a treat.

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Redondo Beach, California
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“Fun and easy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

Great place not just for auto enthusiasts but for anyone. A wide variety of cars and their history are on display. Full displays of the era transport you back in time. Kids and adults will love it. We have been back a couple of times now and the displays are constantly changing. We were treated to the "vault" where cars are stored in the basement and saw the Pope mobile, Saddam Husseins limo, bat mobile, Elviras car, and JFK's limo. This section is unfortunately not open to the public but the vehicles are rotated in the museum. It is another great LA attraction!

Visited May 2012
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“Super fun place for car geeks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Loved the breadth of cars that they have. And it's just a fun place. My favorite was the old trailer mobile homes they had. Super cool.

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