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Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

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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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  • My ten year old son is a car nut and really wanted to go to the "car museum". We didn't know what to expect, and were very pleasantly surprised to see such a well designed museum with a truly outstand...  more »
  • I should preface this review by saying that I am not a car enthusiast. I was very impressed with this museum. The collection was laid out well. The museum did a nice job of balancing a focus on the hi...  more »
  • This arena is equipped with different beautiful automotive, make a visit there and have a look at the beautiful collections of automotive  more »
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  • Great collection of cars! Lots of historic cars, modern cars, movie cars, and other interesting cars and car parts and history. Good for car buffs and novices alike. If you have ever liked a car, you will find something enjoyable at this museum. Just a note: I did bring my children and they enjoyed it thoroughly. They even have a section devoted to kids that has interactive features and information on how cars work that are well suited for kids. However, the rest of the museum is full of very expensive cars with "do not touch" signs everywhere. If your kids like to wander (like mine) or "look" at things with their hands (like mine), then you will want to keep a very close eye on them. The employees are quick to remind guests and their children of their policies. I agree with their policy but want to warn others that they will follow you or your kids if they think you are getting too close to the vehicles.
  • This place is a must see! Everything is beyond jaw dropping, the vehicles are in pristine condition. Took my family there, they were in in shock the entire time. The museum offers many interactive projects for children and adults, you go from station to station and you build your dream car with an iPad, what's super cool is your car becomes a real virtual vehicle at the end, what's even cooler is the opportunity to race against your friends cars! It's a fantastic experience! Loved walking through the museum and see real cars that were in the original Batman series, Entourage, and many more! Also, you can see the first electric car ever invented! Oh, a beautiful vehicle was filter to the Shah of Persia in the 70's, so amazing! Be sure to stop by the gift shop on your way out, you won't be sorry! I give this museum a 5 star rating, beautifully put together and staff is very nice, helpful, and friendly.
  • What a fantastic place to visit and spend a day. The exhibits are very interesting and fun to look at. They have a lot of great artifacts and cars here. It is like walking through a piece of American automotive history here. I highly recommend taking the vault tour. The guide was awesome and the cars down there are spectacular. Worth it and can not wait to come back and visit again!
  • Voted the best automotive museum in the world, this place is hard to beat. The newly remodeled building is a masterpiece and the cars are second to none. While there be sure to eat at their upscale restaurant, Drago. A must see in L.A.
  • They have a 2000gt! And a honda cub! And American cars if you're into that. Cool beanies in the gift shop. Haven't done the vault yet, but definitely worth the price.