Located in the heart of Museum Row on Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile, Peterson Automotive is one of the world’s largest automobile museums. Established in 1994 by Robert and Margie Petersen, the museum is now America’s premier automotive museum, with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
This museum is like Disneyland for car enthusiasts, and it’s a must-see! Founded by magazine publisher Robert Petersen and his wife, Margie, in 1994, the Petersen Automotive Museum has a collection of more than 100 vehicles on display across 25 galleries.
It’s a bit pricey (especially considering it’s not free), but it’s worth it for the experience. You’ll have the chance to see a wide range of cars from classics to contemporary vehicles, with plenty of special exhibits on the go as well.
You’ll also be able to explore the Petersen’s Vault, an untapped treasure trove of iconic cars. Depending on the time of day you visit, you can take a 90-minute tour of the Vault for an additional fee.
The Petersen Automotive Museum is a tribute to California’s car culture, set along Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile. The building is a whimsical mess of lines and steel, reminiscent of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
There are several floors dedicated to the artistry of car design, and each floor features a unique art gallery with cars that have been repurposed as works of art. You can also play with some interactive teaching exhibits that teach you how to sketch and trace, create your own custom paint job on an old motorcycle or even build your own mini race track!