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“Great for car buffs” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum
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Ranked #10 of 508 things to do in Los Angeles
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Fee: Yes
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.
Washington, DC
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“Great for car buffs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

I've visited on two different LA trips with my son, once when he was three and once when 7. At three he was blown away. At 7, he enjoyed it, but was a little past his car fascination stage, so he was less excited. There are a few good hands-on exhibits for kids, and a CHP motorcycle they can sit on. Adult car fans as well as movie and TV buffs will love it, too. Both times I've gone on weekdays it's been basically empty, and its convenient to the LA Farmer's Mkt, so good for a combined visit with that.

Visited August 2011
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“lots of cars”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

My husband dragged me here and I was suprised at how much I enjoyed it , even though I'm not a car nut.

Visited May 2011
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Houston, Texas
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“One of the "Musts" in LA”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

We were so glad we made it to this museum on our last day in LA. You get so much appreciation for car history after the visit. There may be other museums, like Getty's and so on, but since we have travelled the world, we saw Luvre, Hermitage, St. Peter's, El Duomo and Getty's probably would not stand a chance against those. Petersen Museum is very unique and even if you have been to the Turino's Automotive museum in Italy, you would still enjoy this place.

Visited March 2012
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Markham, Canada
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“My husband was in car heaven...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

We came accross it by accident while driving the tour route. Spent about 2 hours. Lovely cars and motorcycle exhibit.

Visited March 2012
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“Loved the Exhibits!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

This is a great museum to visit. Loved the set ups with the cars back in the day. Very well done and great value for the price of admission.

Visited March 2012
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