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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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“vault tour” (230 reviews)
“love cars” (71 reviews)
“car enthusiast” (70 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
Central L.A
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This has something for everyone! The batmobile! Lightning McQueen from Cars, stuff for car buffs, race fans, luxury, Bugatti timeline, pimped out lowriders with funky paint, first cars that are unique, made 1 and they have it.. This collection is absolutely stunning! I'm a girl...More

Thank Bingitt
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and I paid to do the vault tour and I recommend anyone who visits do the same. The cars and history of the cars you see in the vault is beyond amazing. No pictures are allowed during the vault tour but I can...More

Thank Myflowergirls2
Reviewed 5 days ago

I've been here two times now and while it's cool for car fans, it's kind of small. I've never done their vault tour, which is even more pricey, but apparently this is where you will see a lot more cars. Still, worth a visit if...More

Thank eskeeemo
Reviewed 1 week ago

and that being said the entire thing was vastly over-priced. The regular museum part was interesting. The "Art of Bugatti", apparently on tour, was a fascinating look at the car building family and their art--not just automobiles. The "low riders" was not particularly appealing to...More

Thank tencatdaddy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very elite collection of cars! A must see museum for car enthusiasts!! Be sure to do the Vault tour. It is well worth the $! Our tour guide Pete was very knowledgeable & kept the tour interesting. The upper levels of the museum are laid...More

Thank Tammi C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such well presented exhibits, great balance of history and more recent together with famous movie cars. One of the best car museums.

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum occupies three floors. The museum has automobiles that where first invented, high performance road cars and also Formula One racing cars and motorcycles. The museum has a new exhibit every month or so. When we visited the museum the exhibit was 'The art...More

Thank Roderick L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my trip here. Well laid out and very informative. Spent a lot of time in the Bugatti Section. i would suggest getting there early as the parking lot was full when I got there.

Thank Christian L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For old and young alike, this four floor collection of motor vehicles from 1886 to the present, includes exquisite examples of antique, exotics, classics, muscle cars, race cars, motor cycles and children's cars. Presently an exhibit of low rider cars is featured. Additionally there are...More

Thank jamesv8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love cars, you have to visit one of the largest automobile collections there is. Learn about the history of cars, with some rare examples of early vehicles. Rotating exhibits fills the other floors of the building. When we were there, they were about...More

Thank Ian B
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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.