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6060 Wilshire Blvd. (Mid-Wilshire)
Los Angeles, CA
(1) 323-930-2277 | www.petersen.org
HOURS/TIMESTue.-Sun.: 10:00am-6:00pm; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day: Closed
PRICE (ADULTS; SENIORS, STUDENTS, AND ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL; CHILDREN (5-12); YOUNG CHILDREN (UNDER 5) AND MUSEUM MEMBERS)USD 10; USD 5; USD 3; Free
POPULAR TIMESWeekends; holidays; school vacations
RESERVE IN ADVANCEYes - but not essential
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSClassic and vintage cars; interactive life-sized dioramas
Entertaining, interactive automobile museum. Rather than the usual rows upon rows of dusty antique cars that are the stock and trade of most auto museums, the Petersen uses impressive diorama scenes and hands-on activities to place cars in their “natural habitats” and engage visitors. The collection includes hundreds of nifty vintage and celeb cars, including classic film vehicles like the Batmobile and Herbie the Love Bug, while specialist exhibits cover topics as diverse as the history of car insurance, Matchbox cars, and Southern California’s traffic systems.
GO HERE WITH
Car enthusiasts; friends; kids
WHY WE LIKE IT
Even if you’re not “into” cars, you’ll find yourself drawn in by their well-crafted exhibits. We especially like the dry wit worked into the commentary.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
On weekdays, it can be eerily quiet.
GOOD TO KNOW
Onsite parking is USD 8 with museum validation. If you’re traveling with kids, this is a great stop–the entire third floor of museum is an interactive children’s learning center. If you’re looking to fill a day, the Petersen Museum is close to other “Museum Row” sites like the LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits.
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