The Petersen Automotive Museum is one of the best car-themed attractions in the United States. Located west of downtown Los Angeles this motoring Mecca is a must-see for vehicular enthusiasts.
Along with places like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum and The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., the Petersen is an absolute treat. If you’re a native Californian or an out-of-town visitor spending some time in La La Land, a trip through this museum’s richly stocked halls is well worth the modest admission fee.
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Opened to the public in June of 1994 there are about 150 vehicles on display at any given time, though the overall collection tops 300. Rotating exhibits ensure things stay fresh and keep regular visitors coming back for more. There’s even a special area in the basement that’s called “the vault.” It’s off limits to general visitors, though you can get special tours for an additional fee.
With a host of interesting displays and colorful dioramas there’s something for just about every kind of car aficionado. Whether you like muscle machines or motorcycles, classic models from the 1950s or products from extinct brands you’ll probably find something in the Petersen’s 300,000 square feet that satisfies your petroleum-fueled dreams.