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Petersen Automotive Museum

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Neighbourhood: Central L.A
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Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone Number: +1 323-930-2277
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and...

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.

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Lots of shiny fabulous cars

There is a car for everyone's taste, very interesting to see all of the different cars throughout the decades. they are very well kept and have notes so you can read the history... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a car for everyone's taste, very interesting to see all of the different cars throughout the decades. they are very well kept and have notes so you can read the history, just one picture here as it;s best you go see for yourself

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First time back since the remodel. Wow... the museum really looks nice. This is one of the most spectacular auto museums in the world. Inside you will find a very interesting array of cars from all genres. Plan on spending three (+) hours to do it correctly. Hint: DO spend the extra and get the "Vault Tour". They take you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not really a fan of cars, but I found this museum amazing ! So much dedication to set this all up, you can feel it in every spot ! The staff is very polite and courteous. Admission is only 15$ per adult and totally worth it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went with a large family group. There are three floors of automotive exhibits to see. Good collection of antique and specialty vehicles.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A wonderful place to take the children and grandkids. Here you can learn much about our love of cars, and see many of the iconic models. Its also very close to the LA Art Museum

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As a car lover I absolutely loved this museum! I was told that they have a circulation between Bugatti, Ferrari, Aston Martins etc on the first floor display and when I got there it was the Bugatti s on display. Their collection is simply fantastic! There is no section that is boring and it is a great place to spend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Even if you're not a car person you would appreciate the beauty of the presentation of these classic and historic automobiles. The Bugatt exhibit is wonderful. A restaurant will open soon. Take a try at the simulated auto racing which is free. Except I got carsick driving it and had to stop. Entry fee for what you get is reasonable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent museum with huge variety of cars. I visited with my daughter and even she enjoyed it. Spectacular building. Enjoyed the XBOX racing. Received a discount for being a RAA (South Australia) member. Parking was a little steep at first 1/2 free, then $12 after that. Highly recommended attraction in LA.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love cars this is the place to visit. The cars are simply displayed but lit to show their natural beauty. The vault tour is well worth it and the Bugatti exhibition is stunning.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great way to learn about the car industry. Need at least two hours to absorb the information and view the cars on display. My favorite part was the Bugatti collection on the ground floor.

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