Love cars or motorcycles? Then the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA is worth a visit! It features 25 rotating exhibitions with more than 150 vehicles on display at any time and, happily, all special exhibits are included in the admission price. ‘Custom Revolution’ is on until March 1; ‘Monozukuri: Creative Spirit in Japanese Automaking’ until April 1; The ‘Porsche Effect’ until April 21 and there are others too. I visit at least a couple of times a year so I get to see the new exhibits and the different cars on display.
If you’re *really* a car buff, take a 75 or 120 minute docent-guided Vault Tour, costing an additional $20 & $30 respectively. (Tours must be reserved in advance on the website.) These ‘behind the scenes’ tours let you view the collection’s most unique cars and motorcycles, some of which have rarely been seen by the public. The Vault recently underwent an extensive renovation and has now more than doubled in size. It’s the largest guided automotive tour in the United States.
Parking is $16 after the first 30 minutes.
Once a month (usually the last Sunday of the month) they have a breakfast cruise-in. Check the details on the Facebook page under ‘Events’ before going. Coffee, Noah’s bagels & cream cheese, & even parking is FREE! People bring all kinds of cars to share (and show off). It’s a great way to meet like-minded locals!
NOTE: The Petersen focuses on performance/racing cars and the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar has primarily classic cars. Each museum is wonderful in its own way.