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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
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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Wonderful collection

The place is still amazing, but unfortunately its less-so since the remodel. And it's expensive. It's $15 to get in and parking is $12. Once your inside they talk to you about... read more

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The place is still amazing, but unfortunately its less-so since the remodel. And it's expensive. It's $15 to get in and parking is $12. Once your inside they talk to you about joining the museum It's $85 a year and they tell you about all the events they have, but they don't mention that nearly every event costs extra to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am a car guy, so this place has always been on my list. It exceeded my expectations, and the place is just so cool!

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even though we did not do the Vault Tour, we had a great time. I especially enjoyed the automotive history of SoCal on the third floor. We certainly plan on going back to do the vault tour. The only negative thing is the traffic confusion from road work on Wilshire. Definitely use Fairfax to going to and from the museum.

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Romsey, Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

June 2016 a lovely hot day and my wife and I pull up to what has to be the most amazing car park ever!!!!! All arty and just stunning. Once in this has to be seen. I have visited many motor museums over the years but this is one of the best. The building and displays caters for all (I... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gorgeous new building and a fabulous collection of the most unusual and gorgeous vehicles. Try to see "the vault" collection which has incredible cars and requires a private tour.

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Chevy Chase, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am far from a car enthusiast but I really enjoyed seeing restored old cars and motorcycles (not so much racing cars). Got a kick out of seeing Steve McQueen's sports car and the Batmobile.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is pretty amazing! Car buffs heaven! Dedicated parking that is free for first 30 minutes or if you make a $75 purchase in gift shop. (not hard to do!) Gift shop is impressive, with many one-of-a kind items, just wish they had more size Large, in their apparel choices, always out of size Large! For a reasonable fee,... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Recently renovated, this museum has an amazing range of refurbished automobiles. The Vault is worth the extra money for the guided tour. The restaurant Drago was a delicious and welcome rest stop for lunch between the main area and the Vault.

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Museum has all kinds of cars you can think of. Info is shared in detail. A great place for car enthusiasts. The basement has some of the best cars.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lot of fun on January 14th attending a very relaxing and fun afternoon looking at all these amazing works of art called "automobiles" at the Petersen Automotive Museum. This is the 1st time I've been to the Petersen since it re-opened after renovations way back on December, 2015. I had visited the Petersen Museum a number of times... More 


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