Activities & Resources
Petersen Automotive Museum253in Los Angeles, CA 90036
about Petersen Automotive Museum:
The first floor, called Streetscape, puts visitors on a road trip through vehicular history, from horse-drawn carriages to current cars. Each of the various vehicles is shown in their its own distinctive environment, complete with asphalt and sidewalks. You'll find everything from an American Underslung caught in a muddy trap, to a Laurel and Hardy trolley car, to solar-powered cars of the future.
On floor two, a veritable explosion of automotive exhibition occurs. Six galleries display such treats as roadsters, race cars, and classic autos. Hogs and bikes get their due in the Otis Chandler Motorcycle Gallery. One of the most understandably popular attractions is the Hollywood Gallery, featuring cars that starred on film or television, or that were owned by celebrities.
The Discovery Center runs the course of floor three, presenting the museum's most interactive opportunities. Kids can dress up in period costumes and get behind the wheel of a Model T. With flashing lights and rousing siren, they can experience an authentic Highway Patrol motorcycle.
For toddlers, the Discovery Center lays out story books, building blocks, a coloring wall, and educational toys. Older kids will enjoy the Giant Engine ride in which people manually push the larger-than-life pistons of an oversize combustion engine.
The museum has other activities and classes for kids, including the Family Fun Shops, Summer Camp, and Discovery Days. Ask a museum employee for the offerings available on the day you visit. Tours are also offered for homeschool groups at all grade levels.
Although the museum is closed on Mondays, it opens for most Monday holidays, so don't rule it out for Labor Day, etc...
Buying tickets in advance online saves $1 per ticket!