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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
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I have loved cars for a long time but we'd never been to the Petersen Automotive Museum. The building which houses the collection is a architectural masterpiece! Once inside, start on the third floor where the history of the automobile is well...More

Thank Dorothee
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been here a few times and have seen a few changing exhibits. Some amazing classics, cars from the silver screen and some bizarre cars you have never heard of. (A Steam Car?! What?!) Finish the day at Johnny Rockets. I am a car...More

Thank leiasnerfherder
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A very comprehensive museum of cars. History, development, technology and design. Very enjoyable to kill a couple of hours.

Thank MarkRAus
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I spent a very happy morning at the Peterson. The vault tour is a good idea as you see many cars stored there. the guide gave a very full history including how Lincoln and Cadillac got there names. There are vintage and classic cars, and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Part of the show being in California is seeing all the nice cars on the roads. Yet, I heard about the Porsche exhibit, and decided to make a visit. I spoke with a security guard and started at the top and worked my way down....More

Thank bahiadreaming
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Filled with beautiful cars and some interesting exhibits, the Petersen left me disappointed in its lack of emphasis on the Southern California car culture that sparked America's love of custom and hot rod autos. There was a superb display of Bugattis that seemed out of...More

Thank bartr
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We opted to see the vault tour, which lasted well over 90 minutes. It was worth the money to see the cars acquired. Some are worth millions. There was an official car that came fron Jordan, another couple from Russia, some past presidents' cars, cars...More

Thank Debbie Q
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For anyone interested in classic cars this is the place. Once of the largest collections under one roof. Very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.

Thank Cynthia-LAX
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What I would call an upscale car museum. Several cars that were used in movies and some concept cars made by different companies and a few other special exhibits. If you are looking for a bunch of old muscle cars, you won't find them here....More

Thank rwagz
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on super bowl sunday and managed to avoid a crowd. Enjoyable and educational. Fun checking out some one of a kind cars and motor bikes

Thank T B
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