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Peterson Automotive Museum – A Tribute to California’s Car Culture

The Peterson Automotive Museum is one of the top draws in Los Angeles, and if you’re a car enthusiast then it’s definitely worth checking out. With more than 100 cars on display in 25 galleries it’s a great place to explore the history of the automobile and what makes them so special.

Founded in 1994 by Robert and Margie Petersen, the museum was established to showcase the history of the car and its impact on our world. Its primary goal is to teach the public about the history of the automobile while presenting it in a fun and engaging way.

A Tribute to California’s Car Culture
Set along Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a tribute to the automobile’s role in the city. The museum is housed in a historic department store building that was originally constructed in 1962, and was designed by Welton Becket.

Its whimsical exterior is a fluid mess of lines and steel that evokes the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Inside, the museum is a collection of 25 galleries and a vault where half of its exhibits are kept.

Each floor has its own unique exhibit and they focus on different aspects of the car. For example on the ground floor you’ll find one room that has the artistry of the car. In this area you’ll find all sorts of extravagant cars that have been created.

The second floor is devoted to industrial engineering. There are plenty of things to do here including a small racetrack and toy cars, a sketching/tracing station, a motorcycle for photo ops and so much more!

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