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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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“vault tour” (248 reviews)
“on display” (138 reviews)
“car enthusiast” (77 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-3605
Central L.A
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+1 323-930-2277
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I have grown up in LA and I have not gone to the Petersen Museum until this year and now I am a member! I had a friend visiting from out of town and we were actually going to LACMA, but the museum was closed...More

Thank Helen K
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have been trying for years to come here, wellnit finally happened and I was not disappointed. There is so much to see, many of the vehicles here a their own story and are steeped in history. Make sure you do a vault tour, we...More

Thank Tommyt469
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Reviewed 6 days ago

While I was in LA last year December, I wanted to kill some time before heading to Universal Studios to take my kid some place interesting so I stumbled upon Petersen Automotive Museum via recommendation received on TripAdvisor. The place we were staying was closeby...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Peterson give a look at the beginning of classic modern cars. Many were used in movies with great chase scenes. Includes cars from Disney movies and the Great Gatsby.

Thank colonelchow
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Robert E. Petersen was a car guy, and the foundation funded by his publishing empire seeks, and succeeds at celebrating and memorializing all things automotive. It's not just about horsepower, speed, handling or fat tires. The Petersen has a broad and eclectic collection of automotive...More

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Peterson is a very classy place to visit. The cars and exhibits are very well presented and clean. Parking is a little tough so be sure to find a good spot close by.

Thank M5162COericr
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cool, funky, informative museum is a must see when you're in SoCal! It's on the Miracle Mile right by The La Brea TarPits and LACMA. So get started, and make a day of it.

Thank Waterknight36
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is small enough to get around ,it’s three stories. You start on the third floor and work your way down ,and it starts with the history of the first car and goes through time , parking cost $15 on a Sunday. You can...More

Thank elizabeth d
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was dragged along by my husband but was pleasantly surprised. It has a striking façade and is spread over three levels, including a gift shop. Lots of vehicles that were used in movies and a great Porsche display. Very enjoyable few hours

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't want to spend hours looking at old cars but was I ever surprised at how much I enjoyed this museum. There is a huge collection of cars, some of which were owned by famous people. They are presented in very attractive fashion. For...More

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