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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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“car enthusiast” (69 reviews)
“love cars” (67 reviews)
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

Cars today are becoming a bit boring as just utilities, so I appreciate the old models with some design flair. I am also not a museum lover, but Petersons Automotive just displays what it has in quiet and pleasant surroundings and allows you respectfully to...More

Thank JRNSydney_Australia
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We toured the auto museum and did the vault tour it was amazing. We really enjoyed seeing all the really rare cars.

Thank Apert
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have no interest in cars, but I very much enjoyed this museum. You can learn about the history of cars and appreciate the beauty of some of them even if you care less about what's under the hood. We highly recommend paying the extra...More

Thank LEB123
Reviewed 5 days ago

We booked a tour that included a visit to The Vault where hundred of vehicles are stored when not on public display. The tour guide explained the history of each, adding in little bits of fascinating trivia that added colour to the commentary. There are...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 6 days ago

They have Automotive history, design, race cars, motorcycles, low-riders -- an eclectic mishmash of displays that were 100% perfect and fascinating. We had a great time.

Thank Peter A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here a few times with my now teenage son. It is very well curated and fun. There is an interactive room for younger kids. The building itself is very cool architecturally.

Thank AFoolForTravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing less than a complete history of the automobile in a single building, the Petersen should get more acclaim than it does. Beginning on the top floor, then working your way down, a visit includes the invention of the motorcar to the present, special section...More

Thank Chris N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place. The displays were awesome. The staff were super friendly and helpful, particularly the young lady with the bob who helped us with the virtual demo. She was a delight! There were so many beautiful and amazingly odd pieces on each floor,...More

Thank Alejandra S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't get it.The chairman of the board of governors is Peter Mullin, who has the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Ca. This typically opens only two days a month. Petersen was full of cars from the Mullin collection, at the expense of cars owned...More

Thank v8mth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My father was visiting from out of town so we wanted to go to a museum on a Monday and realized that many are closed on Mondays. After a little research, we decided on the Petersen automotive museum in Los Angeles. We were able to...More

Thank Caroline L
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Renan F
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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.
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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