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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
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+1 323-930-2277
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Vintage Autos Where They Belong -- Los Angeles!

I love vintage autos. I grew up in the 1950's and I saw and rode in many of the original beauties that are now on display at Petersen Auto Museum. Walking the floors of this... read more

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love vintage autos. I grew up in the 1950's and I saw and rode in many of the original beauties that are now on display at Petersen Auto Museum. Walking the floors of this excellent facility is a Detroit dream.If you are visiting in L.A. or live in L.A., be sure to brave the Westside traffic and plan to... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The venue has been renovated over the past few years and the collection expanded. Worth the trip to mid-twn and other art venues as well as great food nearby.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Comfortable air conditioned building. Not too small not too big. The museum has cars from moves and TV shows, concept cars, interactive displays and motorcycles.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Other than the difficulty in getting to the Museum because Wilshire Blvd. is destroyed in this area for a new underground line, this was a great experience. Great place, DraGo, to eat lunch. We looked at all of the cars on all three floors and then took a guided tour in the underground vault for an extra charge, which was... More 

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Depoe Bay, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a totally cool place with an amazing assortment of vehicles to look at. They have one of a kind vintage vehicles, full size hot wheels cars and even the Batmobile! Love this place!!

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Los Angeles, CA
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Lots of Ferraris and cars from movies and TV shows and cars across time. Good place to spend a couple of hours with people who love cars.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

loved the visit. Everything is pristine and well signed. The special exhibition on the Bulgari cars wasoutstanding. This is a great place. Excellent italian restaurant and the gift shop is super.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a great collection of automobiles that's well worth the visit. . The building is modern and air con,set out over 3 floors with easy access to all, with over 200 cars. staff are super friendly and helpful. There was a special Ferrari exhibition on at the time, 3 amazing prototypes from the 50's..the Bugatti was the star of the... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being the owner of a classic old car, we really enjoyed how the Peterson Museum have restored, and display these fine transports.

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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a car collector or enthusiast, this is a fabulous place to visit. There is good parking and the collection is very interesting. We strongly recommend it.

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