Petersen Automotive Museum

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles: Hours, Address, Petersen Automotive Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Petersen Automotive Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Rated the #1 Automotive museum in the world, the Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on Global life and culture. The museum features 25 galleries with more than 350 vehicles on display between the main floors and exclusive Vault. Visitors can immerse themselves in the 1000's of stories on display in the museum.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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butter
White Plains, NY55 contributions
Dec. 2021
I'm not particularly a car buff but this was a great museum to visit with my two teenage sons. We loved looking at all of the cars - both the ones from years ago and the ones that are futuristic. The museum is well organized so easy to start at floor 3 and work your way down to see everything. We did not do the value tour, but still feel like we saw a lot of cool things.
Written 6 January 2022
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napavalleydiner
Yountville, CA53 contributions
Dec. 2021
We go to this museum every year when we are in L.A. for the holidays. I reviewed this museum 5 years ago, but just had to write another review. This visit reinforces why we go back year after year. Unlike most museums where one visit is enough because nothing changes, this museum is different every time. It's 3 stories plus the "vault" (basement). We didn't go to the vault this time, but went through the entire museum otherwise. It took a whole day, as everything was different from our last visit (in 2019 due to Covid). There was a James Bond exhibit which included excerpts from the films showing the vehicles (cars, boats, planes, snowmobiles, etc) "performing" in the films. There was also an amazing exhibit on "hypercars" - cars which are faster, stronger, more expensive, more unique and limited in production than any others. These were only 2 of the special exhibits - there was so much more. They have such a large inventory of vehicles that they can rotate things through and it's new every time you visit. That's what makes this place so special, in addition to the fabulous collection itself. Everyone can find their favorite model style and era somewhere in this wonderful place. The only disappointment was the good Italian restaurant there (Drago) went out of business during the pandemic, so you have to leave the museum to eat (Fanny's across the street at the Academy Awards Museum is a nearby option).
Written 4 January 2022
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Traveller
128 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Solo
Lots of cars on display - both new and old and even ones from famous films. Our visit lasted an hour and they check your vaccine certificate at the entrance. Only thing I thought was overpriced was the parking , which was more than the 17$ ticket price itself.
Written 27 December 2021
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Pat B
Los Angeles, CA315 contributions
Dec. 2021
When ad for a guided tour of the vault at the Peterson museum appeared in my email I jumped at the chance. I'd been to the museum a number of times but the vault was always off limits. Reservations were a must and the groups were kept small. The tour was 90 minutes, there were 14 in our group and "Steven" our guide was amusing and very knowledgeable. There were hundreds of cars, including antiques, modern cars, hot rods, race cars and everything you could imagine. All of them ready for their trip upstairs to the showroom. It was a great trip but it wasn't cheap. The tour cost $25, parking was $21 and if you wanted to visit the regular part of the museum it was an additional $17.
Written 11 December 2021
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Gladys A
2 contributions
Aug. 2021
A first time visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum was such an amazing experience. As someone who's not too much of a fan of cars I was surprised to enjoy my visit and appreciate cars more. Definitely worth the trip!
Written 9 November 2021
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stvmcqn
1 contribution
Oct. 2021
The museum has an incredible group of cars with lots of variety that anyone will enjoy. I’ve been twice and the exhibits had changed so there was lots new to see. Looking forward to my third trip!
Written 8 November 2021
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1silverbullet16
Torrance, CA1 contribution
Aug. 2021
Had a very enjoyable visit to the Peterson Automotive Museum this summer. It was a fun and interesting experience as we checked out antique vehicles, special vehicles from Hollywood films and so many others (new & old). The museum is clean, orderly and offers an enjoyable indoor activity for young and old alike. I highly recommend this as a place to visit.
Written 3 November 2021
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Meander5
Birmingham, AL389 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Couples
The Museum has a nice collection of cars to view with a general admission ticket. Plan ahead of you want to get into the Vault exhibit. We went to see the vehicles of James Bond display. There were several cars that are normally in the. Adult that are in the general exhibit. It is well put together, informative and an absolutely beautiful collection of cars. The James Bond exhibit was great and if you are a fan, covers the DB5 original as well as other modes of Bond transport. My wife enjoyed herself as well, as this was not in her list at all.
Written 21 October 2021
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Robert N
8 contributions
Aug. 2021
While I was visiting LA with my son, some local people recommended the Petersen Automotive Museum. I recognized the name Petersen immediately because the Petersen Publishing Company edited the auto magazines, I read as a kid.

Tickets are purchased on the web, their rates and gift shop were reasonable, $25 total for the two of us. Free parking after a nominal gift shop purchase, or $17 without one.

The cars were excellent. A few motorcycles too, like the first Triumph to win the Baja. Easy to social distance because of the large airy size. If you're visiting make this a half day of your trip.
Written 9 September 2021
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Rjrjr59
1 contribution
Jun. 2021
The museum was an amazing trip for me and my family. Thank you to the museum and staff for providing us with such a great experience.
Written 7 September 2021
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