FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Is the Petersen open on holidays?
Yes, the only holiday the Petersen Automotive Museum is closed is on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th. The museum will close early at 4pm on New Years Day.
2. When is the museum open to the public?
The Petersen Automotive Museum is open daily 10am-6pm. *The museum will be closed to the public on May 3rd, 2018 for our Future of the Automobile conference. Learn more here: futureoftheautomobile.org
3. Where is the museum located?
6060 Wilshire Blvd. at Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles, California 90036. The entrance to the parking lot is located on Fairfax Ave., south of Wilshire Blvd.
4. What is the cost of parking in the museum parking structure?
Free for the first 30 minutes. $15 flat rate after the first 30 minutes. Same day parking validation with purchase of $75 or more in the Petersen Store in the museum lobby. Garage is open daily 8am-11pm. No overnight parking available. *There are no elevators in our parking structure. We advise guests with strollers, wheelchairs, disabilities, or impairments to be dropped off and picked up on the first floor P1 level of the garage.
5. Is there a place to eat at the museum?
The museum has a restaurant located on the 1st floor. More information and menu items for Drago Ristorante can be found here.
6. Is there a retail shop in the museum?
The Petersen Store is located on the 1st floor as you enter the museum. If you cannot visit the museum please shop on our online store.
7. Are there any cars in which you can sit?
The 3rd floor contains one vehicle in which visitors can sit: a Ford Model T.
8. Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, there is a ramp to enter the museum and elevators inside the museum for your comfort and convenience.
9. Are wheelchairs available?
Yes, we have wheelchairs at the museum. All you need to do is leave your ID with us and you may use the wheelchair for the duration of your visit.
10. Are there baby changing stations?
Yes, there are baby changing stations in the restrooms located on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.
11. Is photography permitted in the museum?
Yes, video and still photography are permitted in the museum, but monopods, tripods, and selfie sticks are not allowed for the safety of our other patrons. Cameras are not allowed during Vault Tours.
12. Why isn’t my favorite car on display?
There are many automotive stories to tell, and we change exhibits and vehicles on display regularly. Search for a vehicle in our collection (if you don’t find the vehicle you are looking for, check back soon, as this is a growing project). Each vehicle in our database will say if it is currently on display.
13. How often do exhibits change?
Major exhibits change approximately every three to twelve months, but individual vehicles and smaller exhibits change frequently.
14. Are your vehicles for sale?
15. Do you own all of the cars on display?
Some vehicles are here on temporary loan. Vehicles on display in the museum list this info on their label text.
16. Can I hold an event at the Petersen?
Call our Special Events Department at (323) 964-6355 or click here to get more info on holding your private event.
17. How do I donate a vehicle, money, or automotive ephemera?
We appreciate all donations. Go to our donation page for details.
18. Can I store my vehicle at the museum?
Vehicle storage is available for a fee. Call (323) 964-6326 for more info.
19. Can I volunteer at the museum?
20. Are you affiliated or owned by Petersen Publishing?
21. Do Mr. and Mrs. Petersen own the museum and all of the cars?
No, however a number of vehicles in our collection were donated by the Petersen family.
22. Who is Robert E. Petersen?
Robert E. (Pete) Petersen was the Founder of Petersen Publishing, starting with Hot Rod Magazine in January of 1948. His publishing empire quickly grew to include Rod & Custom and Motor Trend, along with numerous non-automotive publications like Teen, Guns and Ammo, Modern Bride and others. He and his wife, Margie were very active philanthropists and supported their namesake museum as well as many health and education related charities.