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. 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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  • One of the sites that I highly recommend. Hundreds of interesting cars, including Ferraris that belonged to the great riders in addition to famous movie cars.
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  • We have visited all L.A. family Museum. From L.A history brands, to cars coming out in space for children and also fun for older films, there are restaurant and car park. You tend to be between 2 and 3 hours to visit him and costs $ 15. It has been a pleasant experience, above all tundeados cars
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  • Lots of gorgeous cars are on display here. Great for young kids, teens or anyone interested in cars of film and television. There are several displays which change regularly.  more »
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  • An INCREDIBLE selection of some of the most beautiful artwork in automobiles and related artifacts. Located on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax Blvds, they've been rated the top automotive museum in the world - and it is a MUCH deserved accolade! If you're even remotely interested in the history or have ever just noticed how beautiful some cards are and/or are even interested in history, you owe it to yourself to go to this museum. We've been going to it for years as they're always rotating their inventory. Also, pay the extra fee for the tour to their 'vault' where they have some of the most famous (and at times infamous) cars in the world. The tour guides are great too. You can tell they love what they do.
  • If you love cars, or the history of the automobile then you should visit! This place is AMAZING! I had never been, I will be going back soon. I really enjoyed the Bugatti art and cars, they also had so many low-riders that are literally masterpieces. There is so much to see and to learn about there, it's impossible to fully appreciate it in one trip.
  • Tip - take the extra tour of the vault if possible! But know that cameras are not allowed on that tour. The main museum is incredible with cars that I have never seen but also never heard of, but there was something about the garage that was a lot of fun. The fact that the cars are parked into tight spaces and not perfectly illuminated or positioned gives them more of a ‘seen in the wild’ perspective.
  • Very clean, nice displays, but too much fluff and not near enough content. Very few cars (although the few there was, were extraordinary) a large display area closed another under construction. Very expensive for what you see and have to pay $13 to park whether you stay 30 minutes or 5 hours!! This is not worth the trip if you are a car guy that wants to see cars. If you want to see elaborate displays; this would be your cup of tea. If you want to see there "vault", cough up another $20. Crazy!
  • Unbelievable collection. Take the vault tour! Plan to spend 4 hours on your feet with your jaw on the ground. I can't remember the name of our tour guide but he did a fantastic job. Spoke endlessly about what seemed like 100 cars in the vault. He is a man who loves cars, loves his job, and loves to share his knowledge. Super clean, modern, great layout, helpful staff.

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