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“Cool place if you like cars”

Petersen Automotive Museum
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US$75.00*
and up
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Ranked #8 of 542 things to do in Los Angeles
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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.
Jersey City, NJ
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“Cool place if you like cars”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

Many rare & one of a kind cars here. Got lot's of great pictures. Even my wife who isn't into cars had a really good time.

Visited March 2011
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Simi Valley, California
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“Petersen Automotive Museum”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

I went with my girlfriend to see the museum. Ther are a lot of odd cars and realy old stuff . I did not get to much out of it, it the museum lacks of history and racing stuff as well as modern cars.

Visited February 2012
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Southern California
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“Great Collection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

A wonderful collection of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. They were in the process of changing a large display, so we will be going back to visit.

Visited February 2012
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“Rare Cars Shown Here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

Whether you're an automotive enthusiast or not, you can't help be admire the design and history of the automotive world.

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Dearborn, Michigan
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“cars in diorama settings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

Tough museum to get to, but nice collection of cars, motorcycles, and scooters set in diorama displays. Stop in the 50s diner for fries and a burger.

Visited February 2012
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