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Petersen Automotive Museum

Los Angeles, CA

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Address: 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA How do we get there? Number: 323 964-6331
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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 families 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 over $1 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.

Worth the extra bucks is The Vault tour, you really will see some iconic pieces of history, movies, and automotive classics. It's a 90 minute tour and some of the vehicles are AMAZING!

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!

Activity location


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.

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How much does it cost?



$17 (Vault tour $25)



$12 (Ages 4 to 12, Vault tour $25 for over 10s)



Senior $15


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4 years


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Petersen Automotive Museum FAQ’s

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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