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“Eclectic Collection With Plenty of "WOW" Factor”

Petersen Automotive Museum
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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 18 March 2018

Went here to see a temporary Ferrari display but there certainly was a lot more to it than that.

The first WOW moment came even before I bought our tickets. Hard to walk past an M8 McLaren Can Am car without being seriously impressed. Sitting at the entrance resplendent in its "McLaren Orange'; one of the most beautiful cars that ever raced in my opinion.

Inside there is everything from old motor bikes to current model 'Hypercars'. Plenty of Bugatti's, a Duesenberg, a few 'Yank Custom Cars', way too much to mention here. There is an awe-inspiring tribute to Dan Gurney too. If you don't find his cars beautiful, go home, do some knitting.

The museum is a good size. Plenty to marvel at without becoming too much of a good thing. Staff friendly.

The Ferrari celebration was spot on. Not loads of cars (and the 250GTO was missing), but certainly some of the most beautiful Ferrari's of all time. Beautifully and simply displayed too. The lighting made them look works of art, which of course they truly are.

All up, well worth going (even without the Ferrari display) for anyone who enjoys cars, or indeed just things of beauty.

Thank Kgnof1977
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

If you love cars and mechanics this is second to none as far as a space to see some of the worlds best cars. What an amazing collection.

Thank JohnFallonStudio
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Excellent museum, leave yourself time to look around, we broke our tour up by doing the Vault tour (highly recommend) then had lunch in the museum cafe and then explored the rest of the museum after - well set out, very informative and the Vault tour was very interesting with a great guide.

Thank HappyHotels
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

If you like cars you will have a good time. There are many cars from different eras and movies. It takes 1-2 hours to casually check out all of the cars.

Thank PirateCatLA
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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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