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Reviewed 8 November 2018

Fun museum for both kids and adults. Check website for special events and exhibits, they do quite a few during the year. Can be booked for private events.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank dina857
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Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

First of all, you may need to drive around the building/alley to find the entrance to the parking lot. Parking was $16, but we got a $4 discount with validation from the inside Italian restaurant.

Vault tour has 2 kinds: regular and extended. Extended is 2 hours long. You must buy general admission ticket before you can buy vault tour ticket. Find pricing and times online.

Vault tour is underground. Well lit and ventilated. But for some people who have issue with recycled air or extreme asthma and allergy, exert caution.

There’s no restroom, toilet, or seating area, so you are standing and walking the whole time. Don’t go if you have issues standing and walking for extended period of time.

When seeing cars, start with 3rd floor and work your way down. 3rd floor has lots of movie cars. Fun to see bat mobil, back to future car, etc.

Japanese cars are on 2nd floor. There’s also free simulation race on 2nd floor. Due to the seating style and proximity of the screen, I became nausea while on simulator. Beware!

2nd floor also has a children’s “ build” area. Fun for kids to use their hands to build or draw some things. This is also where McQueen (in cartoon Cars) is.

Then back to ground floor with all the Porsche display. This might be a temporary display so if you are a Porsche fan, don’t miss the opportunity.

Gift shop is a lot of fun. If you took the extended vault tour, you get a poster for free here!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

We did the Vault tour which was fantastic ($23.00 USD from memory). Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly which made the tour very enjoyable. From the amazing collection of historical vehicles in the vault to the museum displays you will see some of the following and more:
The Batmobile
The actual DeLorean from back to the future
A sports car formerly owned by Elvis
One of the cars from Tokyo Drift
A former presidential vehicle
Etc etc
If you are in LA make sure you get to this museum!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Robber76
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Reviewed 3 November 2018

Three floors of displays in the museum, plus The Vault as a guided tour at additional cost. The Vault is worth the additional ticket and includes many rare and famous vehicles. Your Vault guide will advise not to take photographs, explore on your own or touch any vehicles, although on our tour he frequently touched and tapped on fenders and even set his coffee cup on one vehicle (gasp!) as he talked. Clearly, do as they say and not as they do. The museum as a whole is impressive, and I would rate 5 stars if more cars were on display in the museum proper. Most vehicles are allowed very generous floor space. I could also pass on motorcycles in what is billed as an automotive museum. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get there. My 20 mile ride took two hours, which made me late for my appointed vault tour. Staff was understanding and allowed me to take next tour since space was available.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Wayne F
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Reviewed 28 October 2018

Hadn't been back to the Petersen since they had opened their new museum, and I was wonderfully pleased to see what they had done. The museum itself is oriented around the history of automobile development, both nationally and internationally, and is a wonderful lesson in technological development of our world. For us real car buffs, they offer a Vault Tour, which encompasses a massive number of autos that are stored at the Museum, with a very animated and comprehensive description of the many cars that make up the collection. Very worthwhile.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DonaldYokum
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