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Petersen Automotive Museum Review

The Petersen Automotive Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd., and is at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. The entrance to the parking structure is on Fairfax and the cost for parking is $8.00.

Admission costs are as follows:

Adults are $10

Seniors 62 and over and students with ID are $5, children ages 5-12 are $3 and children under 5 years old are free.

The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am - 6 pm. There are a few Mondays when they are open so call ahead.

As for tours, they can be scheduled for groups, so call ahead on that.

When we first got there, we were delighted to see an beautiful old truck that had been painted in the lowrider style to resemble an ice cream truck. It was gorgeous and the best part was the hundreds of pieces of candy surrounding the vehicle on the floor. Even though they have not had much candy, Madison and Logan love it and love looking at it so this truck was a hit. We circled i many times, looking at the detailed painting done to the truck. Next we hopped on the elevator and heads up to the Children's Discovery Center. We went early, at around 10:30 on a Saturday and there were no other children in the room when we were there. Madison and Logan loved climbing in the cars and pretending to drive. We played pretend for a while and then headed over to the tot area where they were encouraged by the staff to color with marker on the wall which Logan loved. We checked out a map of the USA floor puzzle and got busy with that and Madison got distracted by the fun dress up clothes. We also read a few books and played with the trucks that are set up in the tot area in bins. After a quick snack we headed into the adjacent exhibit room to see the cars that had been constructed based on drawings made by visitors to the discovery room. There were a few ands on exhibits here but mainly this room is to look at, not touch which is hard for then 2 and a half year olds!

We headed down to the first and second floors to explore the other parts of the museum. We all enjoyed the lowrider exhibit as the cars are just beautifully painted and it was fun to see which cars Madison and Logan were drawn to. The colors were bright and again, they wanted to touch the cars but were not allowed to. The hot wheels exhibit was good but too small although they loved walking through the tunnel made of hot wheels that lit up each time they passed through. The Petersen has a very relevant  exhibit of early hybrid and alternative fuel cars that I think is a great message for children. It was also fascinating to see how far we have come from the early Fords. I feel like there could have been more opportunities for hands on learning and some of the models, like the showroom or the various model stores could have allowed for more child-friendly exploration. They kept looking for ways to interact with what they were seeing besides just looking but there were not many opportunities to do so. That being said, it was still fun and the cars form the movies exhibit looks like it will be very exciting for young kids.

When the museum opened it had an A and W cafe but now there are only vending machines so I would suggest finding a place to eat before or after. Also, before you go check the Petersen website to see if there are any family events planned for the coming weeks.