Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

4.6
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. Arrange your visit to Petersen Automotive Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Los Angeles using our Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder .
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  • If you love cars or know someone that love cars, this is a must-do spot. The car collection is insane so you'll have a ton of cars to admire and learn about. If you have kids, they have a couple of ac...  more »
  • If you like cars, this is a must visit. We spent hours there and could have easily spent hours more there if we'd had time to visit the vault. There were so many amazing cars to see.  more »
  • Not your typical car museum, with plenty of different things on show, from American muscle to Euro exotica, plus plenty more. There are Hollywood film cars, unusual stuff from around the world, hot ro...  more »
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  • A beautiful building, the remodel is striking. Been here a few times. It's a nice museum. Not super huge but they have a nice collection of cars. There is also a special vault tour I haven't done yet. They have a kids play area as well with car related activities. My three year old son likes but, he is a car guy for sure. Worth a visit if your into cars.
  • Seriously awesome museum! There's 3 floors of cars and it takes a good 2 hours to walk around the whole thing if you're going fast. Looks like the exhibits change frequently, so I'm expecting this to be a great place to visit multiple times. There was a great Japanese classic car exhibition when we went. We didn't venture into the "Vault" but that will for sure be on the list next time. Exhibits are really well put together and the cars are some of the rarest I've seen at an auto museum. It's also an easy museum to get to and has lots of parking (attached garage is around $15 for the day).
  • A super fun place!! I am not a car person, but took an 11 year old who is, and we both had a blast! Nice interior, and very enjoyable to just walk through. Lots of fun features. The only bummer was that all of the super-modern cars are in the "Vault" and you have to pay an extra fee to get a tour to see them. We were a bit disappointed at that, but still had tons of fun. $15 parking fee for enclosed parking garage which is attached to the museum.
  • If you like cars at all this place is totally worth a trip when you're in LA. I have grown up around vehicles and thought I knew a lot but the stuff I saw and learned at the Petersen museum was truly amazing. The architecture of the building itself do justice to how cool and unique the displays/rare car showings are. Loved learning and seeing a GM EV1 in real life, the "first" electric car! So much history! Too many cool pics to post!
  • We loved it here. We did the 2 hour vault tour, the tour guide Chris was very informative and good at what he does. We stayed at the museum a total of 5 hours. Bought shirts at the gift store, ate at the restaurant Drago, and checked out all three floors of cars, which all told a story. The third floor was awesome with cars from movies, like Iron Man, Bat Man and Herbie! We made great memories there and would love to return again some day.
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