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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” (243 reviews)
“on display” (135 reviews)
“car enthusiast” (75 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
Central L.A
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+1 323-930-2277
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very organized! Amazing collection of cars. I loved the racing cars area. The collection of Motorcycles is nice too. Impressive building!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Full disclosure -- I don't love cars. My husband loves cars and I love him, so there we were at the Petersen. Highly recommend for family unity and later credits for indulging me with Blade Runner tourist nonsense at the Bradbury. But the Petersen is...More

Thank Liz J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family of 5 spent a week in LA to visit colleges. It can be hard to find an activity to satisfy three kids - ages 13, 14 and 17. While my husband wanted to go to the Getty museum, we thought our kids would...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Creative and iconic cars and motorcycles that are borderline works of art are found here. We just loved our Peterson experience! ...even my wife who has minimum interest in cars(but loves art). Kids will enjoy the beautiful crafted kid's cars as well as the hands-on...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the museum because we had a couple car lovers in our group. We quickly found out there's a lot more to the Petersen Automotive Museum than just cars. The building itself is a magnificent design, and the layout of the museum makes...More

Thank Barb536
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being dragged around a car museum is my idea of hell but I have to say it was enjoyable. Lady on reception taking my money miserable as hell and very unhelpful but the actual museum was great. I loved all the cars from the films...More

Thank michelle d
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent about an hour and a half viewing automobiles. $13 for seniors and $16 for regular admission. Beautiful vehicles. A real car buff place to visit. Two floors to cover. Did not see a "Woodie" wagon form the Beach Boys days.

Thank Leo A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spend all the time you want comparing the old and new! All cars are in mint condition. You can appreciate how far the car industry has developed since the model T. They often have special exibits.

Thank karenv764
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here with my brother and his sons when they were in town. His sons are into cars and we had spent a morning driving some of the canyons around LA. WOW what a way to end the day! What an amazing collection of cars....More

Thank DaQi
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just returned to the Petersen to see the Porsche Effect exhibit. As always, the exhibits show off the vehicles as art, well lit and each with a story, avoiding the pitfall of clutter and too much visual noise. The fascinating collection was well created. Also...More

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