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The Peterson Automotive Museum

If you’re a petrol-head, the Peterson Automotive Museum is the place to be. With more than 100 cars on display across 25 galleries, this Los Angeles museum is sure to tickle your car-related fancy.

Located along Museum Row on Wilshire Boulevard, this automotive museum is the brainchild of magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie, who donated $5 million to support its construction.

In 1994, the Petersen Museum was established to explore the history of the automobile. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the automobile culture of Los Angeles and its surrounding region.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Museum Row in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, adjacent to LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits. Designed in 1962 by architect Welton Becket, the museum building once served as the U.S. branch of Seibu Department Stores and later Ohrbach’s department store.

This museum is a fun destination for both children and adults alike, offering many hands-on exhibits and displays. You can play with a racetrack and toy cars, sketch and trace some famous vehicles (including a Batmobile), or even take your own photograph in a motorcycle!

There’s also a small gallery showcasing how people have customized their cars. The handiwork of these hobbyists is absolutely impressive and makes for a great display in the Petersen Automotive Museum.

This museum is worth visiting for any petrol-head, but it does have an admission price, which is a bit steep compared to some of the other museums in Los Angeles. However, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a non-profit, so it’s worth spending the money to check it out.

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