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Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

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4.5/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
Learn about the automobile and its impact on American life at Petersen Automotive Museum. The museum spans over 27,900 sq m (300,000 sq ft) and contains more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles in four floors of exhibits. Realistic streetscape dioramas immerse you in the history of each automobile, and personable and experienced museum guides are on hand to educate, inform, and provide detailed insight for beginners and enthusiasts alike. The Discovery Center provides a hands-on educational science experience for kids by teaching them how automobiles operate. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Los Angeles holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Petersen Automotive Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The museum is very easy to reach and the cars there... The cars... Highly recommended for every one, also with children 
  • As a life-long hot rodder and reader of Hot Rod magazine, I was very excited to travel from Colorado to LA to visit the Peterson Automotive Museum in September. I didn't realize that as part of their ...  read more »
  • Amazing building snowcasing some of the worlds most wonderful treasures if you are a car-lover. We had a chance to watch an interesting introductory film (history of cars) on the top floor, but were i...  read more »
  • Much improved in its new incarnation, although the new skin on the exterior of the building is enough to make you woozy. Not sure what the architect was going for beyond shock value. Having said that the new installations inside are good with some great classic cars and more focus on design. Among the educational highlights is chatting to an Arts Center Auto Design Student in the studio that's nestled in the museum. Not cheap, but park on Eighth Street if you can find a space and you'll save a few bucks.
  • One of the best event spaces in Los Angeles! Being amongst the vintage automobiles is the perfect backdrop to an array of events. The sheer size alone allows for you to enjoy a leisure stroll without worrying about bumping into other guests. One of the other amazing perks of this place are the restrooms. They are gorgeous and well maintained. The bright lighting also creates exceptional selfies. They also have a ton of events unrelated to your typical walk-through of a museum. They have movie nights and occasionally host the conventions. Overall great museum
  • Fantastic place to visit if you've got a couple of hours to spare. We went around lunchtime on a Monday and it was nice a quiet. It took us around 2 hours to go around, but the admission fee was good value at $15. They have some stunning cars on display, particularly the Mclaren F1 and P1, and the Porsche 917. Highly recommended for anyone with a passing interset in cars.
  • Amazing exterior but the interior houses solve of there most beautiful machinery. Forza experience has upgraded their wheels so it is now playable. Great for children too! Meet lightning McQueen!
  • This tour went from being an exciting, 4-hour affair to just under 2 hours now. What happened? They sold-off a bunch of cars, to finance their 2015 renovation, resulting in no more dioramas, cheesy interactive narration, Johnny Rockets and no more massive Hot Wheels collection. The worst part is parking is free the first 1/2 hour.....then they ding you a whopping $12 afterwards. If in LA for other business, I guess it's an ok attraction. You'll find it disappointing only if you solely make the day entirely for this attraction. You will see more wow factor at your local exotic car dealer....
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