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Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational visit activities, trip organization and student ticket.


About the Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum, located in Los Angeles, is one of the premier automotive museums in the world, dedicated to exploring and presenting the history, industry, and artistry of the automobile. The museum features an extensive collection of classic, rare, and significant vehicles, interactive exhibits, and educational programs that celebrate automotive culture and innovation.

Historical Overview

  • Foundation: The Petersen Automotive Museum was founded in 1994 by magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen and his wife, Margie. It was established to share the rich history and culture of the automobile with the public. The museum underwent a major renovation and reopened in 2015 with a striking new design and enhanced exhibits.

Key Features and Exhibits

  • The Vault: The Vault is a special collection of over 250 rare and iconic vehicles, including classic cars, supercars, and famous movie cars. Guided tours provide detailed insights into the history and significance of each vehicle in the collection.
  • Hollywood Gallery: This exhibit showcases famous cars from movies and television, highlighting the cultural impact of automobiles in entertainment. Visitors can see vehicles from films like "Back to the Future," "Batman," and "The Fast and the Furious."
  • Artistry of the Automobile: An exhibit that celebrates the design and craftsmanship of automobiles. It features beautifully restored classic cars and explores the work of influential car designers and coachbuilders.
  • Motorsports Exhibit: This section is dedicated to the history and evolution of motorsports. It features legendary race cars, memorabilia, and interactive displays that highlight the technology and excitement of auto racing.
  • Alternative Power: An exhibit focused on the future of automotive technology, showcasing electric, hybrid, and alternative fuel vehicles. It explores the innovations driving the industry towards sustainable transportation solutions.
  • Industry Innovations: This exhibit covers the technological advancements in the automotive industry, including safety features, engineering marvels, and groundbreaking designs that have shaped the modern car.

Visiting Tips for Families

  • Plan Ahead: Check the Petersen Automotive Museum’s website for current exhibits, special events, and educational programs to make the most of your visit. Check operating times to ensure the museum is open during your planned visit.
  • Dress Comfortably: Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for walking through the museum’s exhibits.
  • Bring Essentials: Pack water and snacks. The museum also offers dining options, and there are nearby eateries within walking distance of the museum. For those who prefer to bring their own food, there are picnic areas nearby in the park.
  • Parking: The museum provides parking in its on-site parking garage. Additional parking is available in nearby lots and on surrounding streets.
  • Engage with Staff: Utilize the knowledgeable staff and volunteers who can provide insights and answer questions about the exhibits and vehicles.
  • Participate in Activities: Encourage students to participate in any available interactive exhibits to enhance their learning experience and enjoyment of the museum.


By visiting the Petersen Automotive Museum, families can immerse themselves in the fascinating world of automobiles and explore the cultural, technological, and artistic significance of cars. The museum provides a dynamic and educational environment that inspires curiosity, creativity, and a deeper understanding of automotive history. Whether exploring the rare vehicles in The Vault, seeing iconic movie cars, or learning about the future of automotive technology, the Petersen Automotive Museum offers an enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

Petersen Automotive Museum

PriceFrom $27.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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