An overview of classic cars and their history brought together in this unusual museum.

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Petersen Automotive Museum

The world of automobiles.

The film industry is one of the pillars sustaining the Los Angeles and, by extension, the American economy. But no less important is the automobile industry, also very deep-rooted in the culture of California. One of the best ways to learn about the close link between Los Angeles and automobiles is to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum, located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard. Founded in 1994 by Robert E. Petersen, it includes a reconstruction of a city street from the first half of the 20th century. It is especially recommended for the nostalgic, since it is possible to see petrol stations from that time, billboards and all kinds of inventions associated with automobiles, as well as interesting models. There is also space for a '20s garage, a ‘30s motor show and a '50s drive-in restaurant. The top floor exhibits the first dragster cars, as well as race cars and cars that belonged to big stars from the world of cinema or have been used in some Hollywood films. Some of the main attractions are Rita Hayworth’s 1953 Cadillac and the Mercedes Benz once driven by Clark Gable. See for more information.

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