Petersen Automotive Museum

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Fee: $10

Sun. 10 AM–6 PM
Mon. Closed
Tue. 10 AM–6 PM
Wed. 10 AM–6 PM
Thu. 10 AM–6 PM
Fri. 10 AM–6 PM
Sat. 10 AM–6 PM
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Check the Petersen Automotive Museum website for additional hours, special pricing/discounts, and closure dates.


Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA
The Petersen Automotive Museum (website) is a Museum in Los Angeles.
Official description from Petersen Automotive Museum:

On June 11, 1994, Margie and Robert E. Petersen fulfilled a longtime dream when they became founding benefactors to start the Petersen Automotive Museum, donating $5 million to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. In April 2000, the Petersens contributed an additional $24.8 million dollars to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum to retire the bond debt and establish the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation as an independent nonprofit organization. Overall, their gifts to the Petersen Automotive Museum total over $30 million. Today, the Petersen Automotive Museum stands as the nation’s premiere automotive museum, serving thousands of visitors each year.

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.

Wikipedia excerpt:
The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard along Museum Row in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. One of the world's largest automotive museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a non profit organization specializing in the education and history of the automobile. Founded on June 11, 1994 by Robert E. Petersen (who founded Hot Rod and Motor Trend magazines) and his wife, Margie, the $40 million dollar Petersen Automotive Museum is owned and operated by the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation. Previously located within the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, today the museum is permanently housed in a historic 1960s department store building. It was originally built in 1962 for a short lived U.S. branch of Japanese department store chain, Seibu. Then, from 1964–1986, it operated as Ohrbach's department store.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

In the meantime, check out the Petersen Automotive Museum homepage or our exhibitions list for L.A.-wide exhibits.

Official Petersen Automotive Museum Links
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