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Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
+1 323-930-2277
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
Central L.A
+1 323-930-2277
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We attended the 2nd Museum After Hours, Vault Tours and Penthouse Party.....the first wa ~10 years ago according to some people we met that went to that one too. It was a little pricey but for the rare occasion that it is offered, I am...More

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 4 days ago

I purchased the rarely offered Penthouse party and Auto Vault tour at the Petersen Museum. After inquiring about the extent of the tour, I was under the impression you could see the entire museum collection on this special event night. I was wrong. You get...More

Thank LouiseASL
Reviewed 6 days ago

My daughter wanted to see the cars, and she was thrilled. Such a great variety of autos, from movie cars, to race cars. Something for everyone. Easy to walk around and see everything. Also have a video driving game (she won her race by the...More

Thank _TAO-0o0-
Reviewed 1 week ago

A most rewarding venue for the car buff. The building itself is beautiful, a gem. It is five floors for well laid out easy to navigate display of cars and motorcycles. Fully enjoyed the experience

Thank Arnold S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Here in LA, we do so love our cars. This is a fun museum for families - especially kids who love cars. The autos range from novelty cars (and ones from movies and TV) to priceless models. My kids love to come back every few...More

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building, eye catching. You park in the covered parking area. You get 30 minutes free. Then you pay a $12.0 flat fee to park. It is truly a place to see, but it was just ok. Beautiful cars, when we were there, most areas...More

Thank Russell T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a must-see for the car enthusiast. This museum is impressive, thoroughly modern with an extensive collection of rare, exotic, iconic cars. Highlights included the special Ferrari exhibit, Bugatti exhibit and the cars from movies. I recommend the 90-minute vault tour for an additional fee....More

Thank NancySeaside
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a few hours to kill while in LA so I thought it would be fun to visit this museum. I've been various auto museums Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, and LINQ's auto collection, Smithsonian and always found them fascinating. The Petersen was...More

Thank Dean B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am by no means a car enthusiast but I found this museum highly engaging with a great collection of automobiles, motorcycles, etc. and a very nice, spacious layout. The movie cars collection was especially fun. We took the 90-minute vault tour - a little...More

Thank ColRud
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great value! Located near other attractions this is well worth your time. Even if you're not a car person the selection of cars to admire is worth the trip. They have the first electric car made, you'll be surprised when you see it.

Thank Soonernscout
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Renan F
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No. Doubt it.
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Response from dwfilice | Reviewed this property |
The store sells many die-cast models but no plastic models. The die-cast models are available in many different scales, from Hot Wheels size to 1/24 and larger.
Martha B
15 January 2016|
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Response from horizonbound |
I visited March 12, and the new restaurant is called Drago Ristorante. The menu is quite Italian, and my Pasta Carbonara was both tasty and reasonably priced. It would probably be worth a visit even if you're not touring... More