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“Amazing! Highly recommend the Vault tour”

Petersen Automotive Museum
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Ranked #12 of 611 things to do in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

I’m not that into cars, but it was fascinating to learn about the history of the auto industry—electric and hybrid cars were invented much earlier than I thought—-and to see some of the most valuable cars in the world—historical/revolutionary cars, famous cars from movies, cars that well-known actors, politicians and religious leaders rode in and owned. We went on Free Museum day so general admission was free, we just had to pay $20 for “The Vault” tour. It was definitely worth the extra cost! Our docent Jeff was excellent—great voice, old school, funny and knowledgeable.

Thank TimbersK
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

If you love cars, you must visit the Petersen Museum in LA.

Lots of superbs cars!

Allow 2-3 hours for the visit and 90 minutes more if you want to visit the Vault

Thank Mariolevesque
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

This is a very worthwhile museum to visit especially if you have an interest in cars. During my visit, there was a special feature on Porsche (The Porsche Effect) cars. It was great to see all the various brands/types of cars on display and the highlight was the guided tour of the Vault. You are not allowed to take any photographs in the Vault but it was a fantastic automotive journey through time! Again, this is a worthwhile stop while in Los Angeles. There is ample parking on site.

Thank BT993TT
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

I, myself, love cars. Classic cars and race cars are my favs. I went here to see the Ferrari exhibit, which was beautiful. There were so many gorgeous cars, Bugatti reigns supreme!
If you aren't into cars, you'll be bored. We spent about an hour here. The parking is convenient and it was a good day.

Thank Suzanne E
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

The Peterson Automotive Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Perfect size, wide range of automotive history. I look forward to visiting again with my family.

Thank Andrew E
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