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“Take the vault tour, worth it!”

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 August 9, 2014

Very nice museum with a lot to see. I visited with my son and we loved it! Take the vault tour if you like history and special insight. The upper part of the museum was nice enough although it won't take very long to see it all (1-2 hrs). Book the tour when you show up as it only goes every 1-1/2 hour or so, then see the rest. The vault tour was insightful and our guide was very knowledgable about all the cars he showed. The tour took 1-1/2 to 2 hours, was all on foot, and there were no restrooms in the vault (lower garage), also NO pictures allowed on the tour. There is a 50's type diner in the same building as the museum.

Thank Robert D
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

A great collection of beautiful cars. If you love cars (or just like pretty things) this the place for you. Be sure to check hours of operation.

Thank Michael G
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

Many of the treasures from the Petersen Automotive Museum have featured on Jay Leno's Garage and it was one attraction we just had to see! Certainly not disappointed with the display of beautifully restored and original auto creations. Our visit coincided with the 50 years of Mustang and Town Cars - Arriving in Style displays.

To ogle at two floors took an hour or two and for those with a stronger desire, upgrade your admission to the premium level to see (guided tour) of the vaults of cars which wait their turn for display.

Highly recommended.

Thank andybags
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Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Adults could easily spend a whole day reading all the great info at the museum. Kids will enjoy it, but move through very quickly. Wonderful half day indoor activity.

Thank SuziReckless
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

For auto buffs, this is a very interesting little trip. The collection and condition of the vehicles and displays is very good. The docents are helpful and the trip to the place is not unpleasant. Overall a worthwhile expenditure of time.

Thank Chingachgook
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