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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

As a dyed in the wool car enthusiast this had been a trip of a lifetime (from the UK). However after a long and tiring journey we were greeted by quite the snootiest and rudest lady encountered so far at the ticket desk who ignored...More

Thank stratoszero
Reviewed 2 days ago

Was awed and rendered envious by the MANY different autos on display here. The grandchildren, ages 10 and 7, even enjoyed the area where you can virtually "drive" a car through a LeMans type race. I was thrilled by it myself. The museum is just...More

Thank Russell D
Reviewed 3 days ago

The cars are nice, but the staff is snooty. I felt "looked down on" by most of them. One of the guards followed me around on one whole floor, no idea why. At the restaurant, I was told that tables are reserved for those who...More

1  Thank lmmarley
Reviewed 3 days ago

Took the guided tour with a special excursion into the "basement" where the more exotic cars are on display. The guide was very informative.

Thank Yoshiko H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I was invited to an event for Loyola Law School at the Petersen Auto Museum. I was glad I attended. The event was catered and servers came with great appetizers and there was also food stations. The cars are amazing, and look like new. I...More

Thank X4148BNrobertr
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you're a fan of automotive history and cars in general you will love it here! I'm getting a membership

Thank Cliff W
Reviewed 5 days ago

I spent a few hours in the museum one afternoon. The main tour is self-guided and I chose to read about half of what they had written about many of the vehicles. The various wings are laid out really well. When I went, it wasn't...More

Thank Tania W
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was an unexpected treat; the new building is beautiful and the car collections are spectacular; I would highly recommend the vault tour; while it is 90 minutes long it is well worth the time; my 11 year old got a little antsy after 60...More

Thank 5280Fam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning cars from all eras. The Ferrari and Bugatti collections were beautiful. Some fun 'from the movies' cars. I've been to most of the tourist places in this city and this was a very pleasant change of style. Good for air conditioning too!

Thank Bugs1012
Reviewed 1 week ago

Actually, everyone loves cars, Young and Old, this is a World Class Museum, covers history, current and future trends, and on our roads and raceways today- well worth the time for a 1/2 day walk around and keep in mind they have a New classy...More

Thank Jeffrey L
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Renan F
Will I be in a c25 RV, I can park in the museum? Thanks
2 June 2017|
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Response from kbatlanta | Reviewed this property |
No. Doubt it.
Hi guys; Do they sell model cars!? What type of cars in display
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
Hi, Anyone eaten in the cafe in the museum? Cafe Delish? How is the food?
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