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Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

(4.5/5 based on 1,200+ 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 fee for the general museum was fair but I thought that The Vault at an additional $35 was very steep - I wouldn't do it again. There is a good Italian restaurant within the museum  more »
  • Don't miss this car museum. One of the very best in the country. Both deep and broad, with rare one-of-a-kind cars. Well-curated and seated, it's a memorable experience.  more »
  • There's something for everybody here, from classic cars to antiques, to supercars and exotics. There's an entire room dedicated to Bugatti, as well as a great display on the process of car design and ...  more »
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  • This is one of the great LA museums, hands down. Get there early to get good parking, even if it means walking around for a bit before they open (although there's not much else to do in the morning around that area on foot). When buying your ticket, buy a pass for a tour of "the vault", but beware- you're not allowed to take photos in the vault areas. You can take all the photos you want in the main museum. If you're a photographer, bring a fast lens- some of the areas are a little dark for sharp photos without a tripod, and I doubt they will allow a tripod in the museum.
  • First time visiting since the remodel - the museum looks great! Lots of cars on display ranging from the early days of automotive innovation to the sleek super cars of today. Well laid out with ample room to wander. Great room for kids to play on the second level.
  • The museum visit was fantastic. Even though the parking lot looked fairly busy, the exhibit was spaced out and arranged in such a way that it didn't feel busy at all. Such an interesting range of cars both new and old, and some motorcycles as well. Very high-quality feel to the whole place. Hope to go back and do the vault tour one day...
  • I really liked this museum, particularly the second and third floors. All the cars on the first level are nice, but I don't really care for that era. Overall, the cars are in excellent shape and the layout is great. Other reviews mention that there used to be more cars on display in the previous incarnation of the museum. Bummer. Really wish they had more cars, particularly from the 60s - 70s. I did not take the vault tour as it's a guided tour and you aren't allowed to take pictures.
  • 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.