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“Car lovers dream”

Petersen Automotive Museum
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Ranked #14 of 635 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 14 March 2018

My friend and I wanted to go to Petersen's after hearing about it. We are both car lovers & weren't disappointed with the cars on display. There are three different levels & each has a different display of cars & motorcycles. The top floor is numerous cars from films over the years. I really enjoyed reading the history of the vehicles as well & the family behind a lot of them. You pay for parking in the parking garage. Then there are a few different tours you can choose from. They even have a tour that includes cars not on display. Nice little gift shop. We didn't eat here. Lots of photo ops.

Thank Reneetravels2
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Arrived on a Saturday after 1pm. Waited in a long line with only one person selling tickets to walk-ins. It was raining, so maybe this caused an uptick in museum goers. Lobby has cars on display, so we can look at something while waiting in line. Parking is a little pricey, but on a rainy day, it was worth it.

Virtually all the cars on display are of American or European lineage. Second floor was most interesting for my 6 year old son. They gave out interactive computer tablets that you take around to different stations, so you learn how to build a virtual race car. Tablet uses characters from the animated Cars film.

Best part of the museum for us was seeing the movie cars: DeLorean from Back to the Future; Batmobile; and Lightning McQueen model based on Cars.

I also liked an exhibit on the history of cars and freeways in Los Angeles.

Worth a one-time visit for me. Too bad I didn't have much knowledge or interest in the Porcsche, which was a major exhibit on the 1st floor. Hope their collection expands to Japanese cars, and that they can rotate it in to their exhibition.

Thank GiantsFanLosAngeles
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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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