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Petersen Automotive Museum
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Ranked #13 of 612 things to do in Los Angeles
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Petersen Automotive Museum is dedicated to the exploration and presentation of the automobile and its impact on American life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example. Encompassing more than 300,000 square feet, its exhibits and lifelike dioramas feature more than 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Covering four floors, the facility features permanent exhibits on the first floor that trace the history of the automobile. Visitors are invited to walk through, not by, exhibits and dioramas and experience settings of early Los Angeles where the world’s first shopping district was designed. The second floor presents five rotating galleries with state-of-the-art displays of race cars, classic cars, vintage motorcycles, concept cars, celebrity and movie cars, and auto design and technology. The May Family Discovery Center is located on the third floor. Designed to spark interest in science by way of the automobile, the 6,500 square-foot, interactive "hands-on" learning center teaches children basic scientific principles by explaining the fundamental functions of a car. A spectacular all-glass penthouse conference center, Founder’s Lounge and kitchen, comprise the fourth floor, which is available for special events and functions. The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Directors.
Reviewed 4 December 2013

Very easy to get to from Hollywood, catch bus #217 outside CVS on Hollywood Blvd and for $1.50per person you get there within 20 minutes. Entry fee is USD$15 per person and for anyone who is interested in cars, this is a must do. Would take about 3 hours to see whole museum. Approx 2 blocks from Farmers Market/The Grove.

1  Thank Jen1985
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"vault tour"
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"on display"
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"car enthusiast"
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"love cars"
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"beautiful cars"
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"movie cars"
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"hot wheels"
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"car nut"
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"johnny rockets"
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"car guy"
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"classic cars"
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"great car"
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"concept cars"
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"old cars"
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"amazing collection"
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"minute tour"
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"works of art"
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Reviewed 29 November 2013 via mobile

You need about 2. 5 hour! :) but time flies there very fast;) i really enjoed gow the museum is organized. Like real town :)

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The Petersen is a terrific museum for all ages with wonderful and unique automobiles from all eras. However, it's the upstairs area for children that is really a stand out. It's a museum where little ones can run and play with multiple toys and learning exhibits. Kids have free range
coupled with a multitude of interactive, hands on displays.. There is a Johnny Rocket's restaurant on the premises which makes a great ending to an hour or two of educational play time.

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Reviewed 14 November 2013

We took our boys (12 & 16) here on a recent trip to LA. The boys enjoyed themselves, but they would have liked to have seen more. The third floor activities are for younger children. We did not go to the fourth floor because we felt it was way too expensive ($100) to look at some cars!!

It was nice to have a parking garage to use, because LA parking is a nightmare. But of course that added to the expense. Glad we went, but we don't need to go again.

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

The cars and the displays are top notch. The Vault tour is $25 extra, but it's worth it -- adds about 90 minutes to your visit.

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