The Definitive Guide To The World’s Best Automotive Museums

For those who are passionate about all things automotive, visiting an automobile museum is a must. Whether you enjoy early automobile history, racing cars, the Art Deco period or you just want to see some of the most special, unique and interesting vehicles ever to turn a wheel on public roads, there’s a car museum for every interest.

Here is the definitive guide to the best and most interesting automobile museums in the world. In each museum, you’ll find the most spectacular collections, most famous cars and will be able to immerse yourself in the amazing history of the automobile.

Petersen Automotive Museum

batmobile on display at petersen automotive museum
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Arguably the most famous automobile museum in the United States, the Petersen Automotive Museum was founded in 1994 in Los Angeles, California. The Petersen is famous for its curated exhibits that explore influential design, technological innovation, and importance to automobile culture.

Beneath the Petersen lies the famous “Vault” housing cars that are not on display and the workshops that maintain the collection. The Vault contains over 250 cars and includes Rolls-Royces, Ferraris, race cars, custom hot rods, and movie cars. On permanent display, and one of the star attractions is actor Steve McQueen’s personal 1956 Jaguar XKSS. One of the most valuable cars in the world.