The Petersen met my expectations - and my expectations were high. It is a multi-faceted automotive museum where you could easily spend several hours traversing the history of motoring, not just in Los Angeles, but worldwide.
Downstairs, you will discover the roots (and routes!) of California car culture through fantastic displays that you can actually walk through. Upstairs, there are many, many cars and interesting displays that cover everything from autos of Hollywood fame, to expensive exotics, to innovations in motoring. (The 3rd floor Discovery Center was closed for renovations).
When I went yesterday, there was a great space devoted to the "World's Greatest Sports Coupes" according to a handful of celebrities. Some of the cars were nearly eye-watering.
The price is fair - for an extra $20, you can check the "vault", which purports to feature many more, rare cars. I didn't opt for the vault on this visit. Plus, there is a Johnny Rockets restaurant right inside if you're hungry.
Bottom line, if you are an automotive enthusiast, you will find a reasonably-priced haven for all things auto on the Miracle Mile.
Located on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax.
Getting there by car: there is a parking garage on-site.
Getting there by public transit: take the Purple Line to Wilshire/Western, then upstairs, get on the 720 Rapid bus to Wilshire and Fairfax.
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