Must-See Auto Museums: Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A.
If you are into cars, LA is a gold mine. There are a number of impressive auto museums and attractions in the area, but one that stands out above the rest is the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Located on Museum Row on the Miracle Mile, Petersen’s is the most popular auto museum in LA. It boasts some of the coolest collections of famous television and movies cars around (including Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari and the Batmobile). They also have exhibits that chronicle the history of the automobile and its development as well as some experimental vehicles and even a Hotwheels exhibit that features every one of their cars that has ever been made.
The museum underwent a complete facelift in 2015. The distinctive exterior resembles an abstract painting – in 3D. Even from the parking lot it just looks exciting, as if it holds wonderful, amazing surprises. And it does.
The general admission ticket allows you access to three levels that are brimming with fun, interesting, car-oriented exhibit. An additional $15 will get you on the Vault Tour, allowing you an exclusive sneak peek at the behind the scenes action. This docent-led walking tour will guide you through the museum basement where cars are maintained and prepared for display as well as some in storage that will never be seen on the museum floor!
Before you Go
Find out which exhibits are on display – the museum rotates them and features special exhibits from time to time.
Get the schedule of the Vault Tours so you can take one during your visit.
Allow for about 3 hours in the museum to see the regular exhibits and the Vault Tour (which takes about 1.5 hours).
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM
- Adults $15
- Seniors $12
- Students $12
- Children $7
- Under 3 Free
- Active Duty Free
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