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Los Angeles: Petersen Automotive Museum Admission Ticket

1. Los Angeles: Petersen Automotive Museum Admission Ticket

Explore one of the largest vintage car collections in the world. See a vast array of over 100 classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles displayed over three floors and 25 galleries. Admire the artistry and extravagance of iconic vehicles while learning about the engineering behind them. Marvel at Italian Maseratis and Japanese “supercars.” Discover interactive exhibits which will entertain the whole family. Visit the Cars Mechanical Institute inspired by the animated film. Watch as your favorite cars characters explain how the mechanical systems that make cars work. Paint and personalize virtual cars. Race and color your own Cars character to take home. Kids can zoom toy cars around a racetrack. Get behind the wheel of a virtual race car with the Forza Motorsports Experience. Choose one of 8 curated experiences and feel what it’s like to burn rubber on the racetrack.

Los Angeles: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

2. Los Angeles: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Explore the greater Los Angeles area with this hop-on, hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Listen to the narrated tour in 9 languages. Enjoy the view from the open-air, double-decker bus as it takes you through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach. Pick a 24-, 48-, or 72-hour pass, choose 1 of 3 tour loops, or combine them and experience the freedom of a hop-on, hop-off city sightseeing tour. Start from the Starline kiosk or at any of the stops on the list. Board the Hollywood Tour to experience the glitz and glamor of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, including such world-famous sights as Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, Melrose Avenue shopping district, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Dolby Theater, TCL Chinese Theatre, LACMA, Petersen Automotive Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, and much more. Travel between Beverly Hills and Santa Monica on board the Santa Monica Tour, enjoying stops along the way including Fox Studios, the 3rd Street Promenade, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier. Take a solar-powered Ferris wheel ride at the historic Santa Monica Pier, walk or bike along the marvelous Pacific coast, and enjoy the heaven of shops, restaurants, and attractions at 3rd Street promenade.

Los Angeles: Petersen Automotive Museum Public Vault Tour

3. Los Angeles: Petersen Automotive Museum Public Vault Tour

The Petersen Automotive Museum is home to one of the largest collections of automobiles in the world. Combine an admission ticket to current exhibits spanning 25 galleries with a guided tour of the famous "Vault", which features over 250 vehicles from the late 1800s to the present day. Exhibits include historic and classic cars, including a 1910 Ford Model T Roadster and the 1981 Delorean "Time Machine" from the iconic film "Back to the Future". With this ticket, you will have access to the main exhibits featuring 25 rooms over 3 floors of automotive history. The various exhibits feature classic and vintage cars spanning 120 years. Enjoy interactive teaching exhibits, providing fun for the whole family. The museum’s central focus is on the history of automobiles and on the Los Angeles car culture as it has evolved over time. The 90-minute "Vault" tour guides you through a special exhibit in the basement of the museum. This exclusive exhibit is where the most iconic and rare cars, motorcycles, and trucks are kept, which you won’t see anywhere else.  The Vault features over 250 classic automobiles, such as turn-of-the-twentieth-century cars, head-of-state cars, supercars, award-winning hot rods, cars that pushed the boundaries of innovation, and many other surprises.

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What people are saying about Petersen Automotive Museum

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 825 reviews

We had only a few days in LA and it was our first time there. So this was a great way to quickly cover the touristy stuff in the city, and get some interesting fun facts about locations as you go through the city. We didn't have to use any public transportation as the place we were staying was close to one of the stops.

It was a good display there was nothing there that I could own or afford but I liked to look at it all had a good x section something for everyone solid

The whole experience was great. We loved seeing cars that we'd only see there.

Possibly one of the best museums I have ever visited.

Nice place to take kids to see the history of cars