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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  • This is the best automotive museum I have ever visited. All displays were well done with great narratives. There is a lot of room to move between displays and we never felt crowded or rushed. This.....  more
    This is the best automotive museum I have ever visited. All displays were well done with great narratives. There is a lot of room to move between displays and we never felt crowded or rushed. This.....  more »
  • Interesting architecture. Lots of space to see cars, nice interior, great cars, particularly the F1 cars and some movie cars. 
    Interesting architecture. Lots of space to see cars, nice interior, great cars, particularly the F1 cars and some movie cars.  more »
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  • A great place to spend a day with family and friends. They have a great selection of cars accompanied by tons of history and detailed information about every car, bike, project and accessory. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The place is very clean and organized. Even the restrooms are spotless. It should take you about 2 hours to complete the basic tour. If you take the vault tour then it’s going to take you 30 minutes to an hour longer. There’s a small souvenir shop just outside of the museum with tons of amazing car related things. I really liked the selection of products and clothing. The only reason why I won’t give it 5 stars is because of the parking cost. It costs nearly as much as the tour! And they start closing 10 minutes ahead of time
  • Oh my, this was unexpectedly great! We've seen this museum many times from the road, but this weekend we decided to give it a try. The museum is not huge, but it's still quite big, very well balanced in terms of price and time enjoying the experience. Their parking seemed a bit expensive so we decided to park outside. Not a problem. Inside, we struggled to find any average car. They all were on the mind-blowing side, very well explained and displayed. A really good experience to be honest. We'll be back.

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