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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  • We spent at least four hours here and could have spent more if we had arrived earlier. Women: please set aside any stereotypes you have that car museums are for men; this is a fascinating visit for....  more
    We spent at least four hours here and could have spent more if we had arrived earlier. Women: please set aside any stereotypes you have that car museums are for men; this is a fascinating visit for....  more »
  • Second visit. Prior showcased Porsche. This visit highlighted vehicles of James Bond. Another exhibit highlight early development of each car category plus several prototypes. As recommended by... 
    Second visit. Prior showcased Porsche. This visit highlighted vehicles of James Bond. Another exhibit highlight early development of each car category plus several prototypes. As recommended by...  more »
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  • 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.
  • So cool, great space to walk through and see incredible cars and motorcycles from the past 100+ years! The James bond exhibit was icing on the cake. To see all those cars, boats, planes etc from so many different movies was surreal. Time for a Bond marathon! Definitely recommend for a cool day. Wish we could sit in some of these cars, that would be great!

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