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Petersen Automotive Museum Los Angeles

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Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
CA
90036
Tel: 323 964-6331

Directions

The museum is at 6060 Wilshire Blvd - the entrance to the parking is on Fairfax.

Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and $2 each additional half hour after that - to the maximum of one hour.

Where are we going today?

Vroom vroom! The car has certainly changed the way we live, and there have been so many incredible models over the years!

The Petersen Automotive Museum is a great museum for all those kids who just love cars. At the museum there are about 150 vehicles on display at any one time, so there is plenty to look at! The museum likes to keep it interesting for families who visit more than once, which is why they don't display ALL their amazing vehicles at once! The exhibits rotate, so you can discover new and brilliant models each time you head on over.

It's not just very cool cars that they have! Kids can really explore the history of the automobile through full vehicle collections which tell stories, rare components, photographs, artwork, books, and of course, automobilia!

As they are walking round, kids can use their imagination as to who might have driven the cars, what are the stories of the cars? The life of the automobile has changed so much through history, that kids might be surprised that they used to look the way they did! 

Want to see a gold-plated car? Have you ever seen a car worth $1.2 million! Or perhaps you are interested in Indy racing cars from the 1940s? There are so many incredible historic automobiles at the museum. 

Military, SUVs, buses, station wagons...1932 Fords and 1937 Jaguars...

Even if you aren't a car enthusiast, the museum can still be just as fascinating. 

The Petersen Automotive Museum always have events and short-term exhibitions too, so make sure you keep checking out when they are so you don't miss out!

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When can we go?

10am - 6pm

Open most holidays, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Days, and New Years Day.

Teachers corner

Get those kids down there! The museum covers over 100 years of history, and they offer pre and post visit lesson plans to help you prepare. .

I'm Hungry!

What goes better with classic America cars than classic American food! There is a Johnny Rockets adjacent to the lobby where you can get tastes burgers and fries. .

Any Top Tips?

The May Family Discovery Center on the 3rd floor has three vehicles that you can actually sit in! Go get behind that wheel! .

Need a little extra help?

There is a ramp at the entrance of the museum and elevators inside, so bring your own wheels to the museum! .

Baby Facilities

On the 1st and 3rd floors are baby changing stations. .

Can I get one of those?

Unless you're talking about that $1.2 million car, yes you can have one of those! There is a shop on the 1st floor of the museum. .

What people are saying?

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    Great museum dedicated to the automobile and its history.

    The entrance could be a bit tricky. While the official address is Wilshire, the entrance is to be accessed by either Fairfax or the other little side street that flanks the museum.

    The Petersen has a diverse collection of automobiles, but recently the museum has come to be known more as an event location than an automotive museum.

    But, I suppose this is how this museum chooses to make revenue and sustain its existence.

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    love this place. so many fun things to see and do and learn about. I especially like movie night and the speaker series events. good parking and has johnny rockets on site.

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    We took the BF's car-obsessed dad here for his birthday and he loved it. He walked away with a phone full of pictures and a bag full of shirts from the gift store. I personally don't really care for cars, but even I enjoyed myself. On the first floor you walk through the history of the car. They set up the background to look like the era the car is from with store fronts and mannequins. The second floor has all the cool movie and tricked-up cars. We saw everything from the Batmobile to the Mach 5. There was a Hot Wheels exhibit when we went and...Read More

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    Not sure what took me so long to give this place a visit.

    The museum was a bit smaller than I expected. Worth a trip at least once, but I don't think it would be worth it to revisit. I would say the museum is a must see for every Angeleno who is a car enthusiast.

    After seeing The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, the vintage car collection here was not as impressive.

    My favorite of the collection was the "best sports coupes in the world" and some cars featured in some films such as the Batmobile and Herbie.

    If you check in on Foursquare you...Read More

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    A smaller museum, but a cool place to check out some retro cars. Came here for another event once, but the museum itself is a great space. Pretty close to LACMA, too.

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by Nyssa Buck

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We took the BF's car-obsessed dad here for his birthday and he loved it. He walked away with a phone full of pictures and a bag full of shirts from the gift store. I personally don't really care for cars, but even I enjoyed myself. On the first floor you walk through the history of the car. They set up the background to look like the era the car is from with store fronts and mannequins. The second floor has all the cool movie and tricked-up cars. We saw everything from the Batmobile to the Mach 5. There was a Hot Wheels exhibit when we went and my BF got excited looking for all the cars he used to have. You’re not allowed to touch the cars so this can be tough on the younger ones, but up on the third floor there are a couple of nice playrooms for them. They have little cars to climb on, ramps to race toy cars down, and plenty of hands-on activities. This a great place to spend the day at and fun for kids of all ages!

by Anne Marie Ayunan

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Not sure what took me so long to give this place a visit.

The museum was a bit smaller than I expected. Worth a trip at least once, but I don't think it would be worth it to revisit. I would say the museum is a must see for every Angeleno who is a car enthusiast.

After seeing The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, the vintage car collection here was not as impressive.

My favorite of the collection was the "best sports coupes in the world" and some cars featured in some films such as the Batmobile and Herbie.

If you check in on Foursquare you can get a free Jaguar baseball cap or keychain from the gift shop.

I'll always remember this place as the last place Notorious B.I.G. was before he was shot to death on Museum Row in 1997.

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