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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” (227 reviews)
“car enthusiast” (70 reviews)
“on display” (121 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 weeks ago

Hey this is the place to see and learn about cars. The selection is awesome and the joint is all spiffed up.

Thank Pattithediva P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing place with so many unique cars . First you have THE CLASSICS ( Europe GTO Ferraris etc , old mustangs ) . Then the Hollywod ( Batman's car , back to future , etc ) , then the motorcycles : every Harley and...More

Thank Tudor C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have wanted to visit this museum for a long time. Since we were visiting Southern California for Thanksgiving this year I made sure a trip to the Petersen Automotive Museum was our first stop. The girls in our family went to the Grove Shopping...More

Thank Brian F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A Museum of CARS and their impact on American culture and life. This attraction is open daily from 10am-6pm, excluding Thanksgiving & Christmas. Parking available on site. Aside from the entry level (which is fee-free), there are an additional 3 floors plus the Basement VAULT....More

Thank ChristinaMCGM
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even if you are not an automobile enthusiast as myself, you will really enjoy your visit to the Petersen. The facility is large, organized, immaculately clean, well staffed and secured. The cost is $ 16 per adult plus and extra $20 per person for the...More

Thank DDM137
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very modern nice place to go and look at some great cars. Classic and modern cars are beautifully displayed over 3 floors. The building itself is very nice and modern. The outside looks very sharp as well as the inside. It’s located...More

Thank FabianVidela
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, it is expensive to visit when you factor in the $13 parking fee but it is a car museum not to be missed by gear heads. Every thing from a collection of Bugatti's (which for me was educational but the least interesting display) to...More

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think we spent nearly four hours in the Petersen wandering round admiring the collection of gorgeous cars and bikes, and enjoying a surprisingly tasty lunch! Absolutely loved it especially the collection of Bugattis. The attention to design on them is divine especially compared with...More

Thank skinsid
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The parking might be expensive ($15+) and the admission prices reasonable, but the exhibits and the optional admission to the Vault make it all worth it! They have some of the rarest and most recognizable cars on display that keeps you walking to every level...More

1  Thank Christopher F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum amazes and delights with various collections on three levels for the basic admission and a fourth, underground, for those willing to spend extra for "The Vault". (Recommended.) The three public floor collections currently on display have cars famous from movies and TV including...More

Thank UnrepentantFoodie
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Renan F
2 June 2017|
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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