September 14-30 only! Don’t miss your chance to take an exclusive photography vault tour and get professional photographs taken of your vehicle!



For the first time ever, the Petersen is allowing the public to capture some of our most prized vault vehicles on film*! Enjoy this docent led photography vault tour and see the crown jewels of our collection in their best light!

Photography Vault Tour includes:

  • 60 minute docent-led vault tour

  • Photography privileges in the vault

  • (1) Museum General Admission

  • (1) Complimentary Parking

*All cameras must be attached to a lanyard at all times. Handheld cameras only. No tripods will be allowed in the vault.




Don’t miss out on your chance to get museum-quality photos of your most prized vehicle. For the last two weeks of September, the Petersen is offering professional photography sessions in our photo cove!*

Photography session includes:

  • 40 minute photography session

  • (1) Complimentary parking

  • (1) Museum General Admission

*Photography sessions are non refundable. Rescheduling must be done no later than 24 hours before scheduled session. Weekday photography session must be scheduled through a Petersen representative.




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I have no photography experience. Can I still take this tour?

Yes! We encourage photographers of all skill levels to participate.

How close can I get to the cars?

All vehicles will have a 5 foot perimeter for their protection. Violation of this perimeter will result in the participant being asked to leave the tour.

Is there an age limit for this vault tour?

No children under 10 are allowed in the vault. Regular vault rules still apply, excluding the photography privileges.

Can I bring my tripod?

No. Regular vault rules apply; tripods, selfie sticks, large bags, etc are not allowed.

Why is photography not usually allowed in the vault?

Due to privacy reasons, we cannot allow photos of many of our privately owned vault vehicles. The Photography vault tour will cover strictly Petersen Museum Collection vehicles.

Please note:

Vault tour participants must stay with the tour at all times. Violation of this will result in the participant being asked to kindly leave the vault.


Does my photography session also include a vault tour?

No. The photography session ticket is valid for 1 museum general admission and complimentary validation.

Can I bring friends to my photography session?

Yes. While we do allow you to bring friends, family, etc to your photography session, please note that the ticket is only valid for 1 museum general admission and parking validation.

Will I have to provide my own photographer?

No! Our professional photographers will handle taking beautiful images of your vehicle.

How will I receive my photos?

Photos will be sent to the ticket holder via email once they are edited. For question regarding your photos please contact

I picked the weekday session, when am I supposed to come?

Weekday ticket holders must schedule their session with a Petersen representative. Please call 323-964-6387 to schedule.

Please note:

The ticket holder is responsible for all vehicle moving. This includes, but is not limited to, off- and on-loading of the vehicle to/from the transporter, off-and on-loading of the vehicle into and out of the Petersen car elevator*, and any other adjustments needs while in the photography cove at the discretion of the photographer.

The ticket holder must adhere to all instructions given by the photographer and Petersen staff, including wearing protective shoe coverings while in the photography cove.

*Please be aware that entrance to the Petersen car elevator requires vehicles to ascend a regulation grade driveway.