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Petersen Automotive Museum

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Neighbourhood: Central L.A
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Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
Phone Number: +1 323-930-2277
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and...

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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Beautifully exhibited Vintage/Classic/Exotic car collection. Many cars, car parts, and memorabilia. History cards for each car give the history and reconditioning information... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautifully exhibited Vintage/Classic/Exotic car collection. Many cars, car parts, and memorabilia. History cards for each car give the history and reconditioning information. Interesting car exhibit also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Definitively impressed by all the cars I found in this collection some of which I didn't even know about.I would indeed try to visit it again to admire,with time to spare,some of these fabulous automobiles.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A huge variety of different cars from different eras. Some original Vintage Cars, some look-alikes (Used in Movies) and some newer ones too. Too bad I did not get chance to take a Tour of the Vault. One floor almost all dedicated to Bugatti with Bugatti Veyron and Chiron both kept on display.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Located on Wilshire Boulevard along Museum Row, and being one of the world's largest automotive museums, it has a huge collection of historical events of automotive. The Petersen Automotive Museum is a syndicate popular for its educational programs and automobiles. The museum is new-fangled with rich exhibits of all kinds of autos, motorcycles, race cars and movie cars. The Petersen... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There is a car for everyone's taste, very interesting to see all of the different cars throughout the decades. they are very well kept and have notes so you can read the history, just one picture here as it;s best you go see for yourself

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

First time back since the remodel. Wow... the museum really looks nice. This is one of the most spectacular auto museums in the world. Inside you will find a very interesting array of cars from all genres. Plan on spending three (+) hours to do it correctly. Hint: DO spend the extra and get the "Vault Tour". They take you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I'm not really a fan of cars, but I found this museum amazing ! So much dedication to set this all up, you can feel it in every spot ! The staff is very polite and courteous. Admission is only 15$ per adult and totally worth it

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a large family group. There are three floors of automotive exhibits to see. Good collection of antique and specialty vehicles.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful place to take the children and grandkids. Here you can learn much about our love of cars, and see many of the iconic models. Its also very close to the LA Art Museum

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a car lover I absolutely loved this museum! I was told that they have a circulation between Bugatti, Ferrari, Aston Martins etc on the first floor display and when I got there it was the Bugatti s on display. Their collection is simply fantastic! There is no section that is boring and it is a great place to spend... More 

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