Petersen Automotive Museum: Ride On

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Angelenos love their cars, so it’s no surprise that the Petersen Automotive Museum makes its home in the City of Angels. Celebrating the history and culture of the “horseless carriage,” this world class museum is a great idea for your next family outing, with something for every age group. The grandparents will enjoy the nostalgia of seeing a jet-black 1939 Bugatti Type 57C by Vanvooren, one of the most striking vehicles ever produced–and a gift from France to the future Shah of Iran on his wedding day. Parents will revisit their own childhoods when they see Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own that was made famous in the 1968 movie The Love Bug. The little ones will shriek with delight when they encounter Lightning McQueen from the Pixar movie Cars, and their imaginations will run wild as they take turns behind the wheel of a classic Ford Model T or a sleek Indianapolis racecar. Don’t miss the Vault Tour if you’re a serious gearhead. Located in a private space underground, you’ll see one-a-kind models like a 1925 “Round Door” Rolls Royce coupe, or a rare Jaguar XKSS formerly owned by actor and racing enthusiast Steve McQueen. Let the kids run wild for a while at the Discovery Center–flexing their creative muscles with games, races, and scavenger hunts–then treat them to lunch at Johnny Rockets and ask them about their favorites. It’s an adventure they’ll talk about until they drift off to sleep, dreaming of a world of shiny cars.

Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles CA 90036

(323) 930-2277

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