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Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
+1 323-930-2277
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
Central L.A
+1 323-930-2277
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to see cars with history. It contains some of the rarest cars you may not have even known existed for the novice car lover. It's clean and the people who work there are polite gentlemen who exemplify the experience. The only drawback was...More

Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been to auto museums around the world, but had never made it to Petersen's museum. It's very well done, with the cars well lit and spread far enough apart to be able to walk around them and take a good look. In the interest...More

Thank bluevoter
Reviewed 6 days ago

Recomended to this museum by a car freind so glad he told me about this was amazing would love to return some day as it was so good

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn't know what to expect as I only had a say to kill in transit. I am a car enthusiast. Man was I impressed. 3 levels of cars sorted by car maker, innovation etc... I even got a Batmobile and deLorean from Back to...More

Thank JamesKyriakou
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love cars, hollywood, and all the movie magic then this place is a must see. It's filled with historic cars of all ages and its really worth the ticket price.

Thank JBrooks2334
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit. Never disappointing. The displays change frequently. Cool stuff always. Kids section is also fun.

Thank tallminded
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The striking exterior of this museum gives little hint as to what is inside. It's like a beautiful car: looks good on the outside, but how does it perform? What's under the hood? Or, in this case, what's behind the doors? It does the things...More

Thank lngwlksnbdwthr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like cars, this is the place to go. The museum is reasonably priced, but if you want to go to the "vault" on a guided tour it is extra. You don't have to pay extra to see great vehicles. Old Fords and some...More

Thank ROMENTraveler2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Uniquely designed as a evolving story of the growth of Los Angeles with the parallel growth of the car culture, this amazingly beautiful car museum will not disappoint you. The inventory alone is enough to keep you engaged for a few hours. Additionally, the location...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We and some friends went ot the museum and paid extra for the private tour. The tour showed incredible vehicles and the guide was extremely knowledgeable. Sometimes he got a little teechie on us but it was fun even for the ladies who were not...More

Thank Carl J
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Renan F
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Response from kbatlanta | Reviewed this property |
No. Doubt it.
17 July 2016|
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Response from dwfilice | Reviewed this property |
The store sells many die-cast models but no plastic models. The die-cast models are available in many different scales, from Hot Wheels size to 1/24 and larger.
Martha B
16 January 2016|
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Response from horizonbound |
I visited March 12, and the new restaurant is called Drago Ristorante. The menu is quite Italian, and my Pasta Carbonara was both tasty and reasonably priced. It would probably be worth a visit even if you're not touring... More