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Venue for the Car Enthusiasts – Petersen Automotive Museum

As one of the world’s largest and most innovative automotive museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum is an interesting wedding venue in the Los Angeles City featuring five unique spaces in which to host the event of your dreams. Choose between the highly detailed Streetscape diorama on the first floor, the dramatic exhibits on the second floor, the spacious Pavilion, the Founder’s Lounge boardroom, and the rooftop Penthouse of the fourth floor. You can book the floors separately or rent the entire museum for the night. The Petersen’s five distinctive venues can accommodate all your event needs from 10-person meetings to large-scale parties of 2,000.

4th floor peterson museu Rooftop Penthouse at 4th Floor
for car enthusiasts
A venue for the car enthusiasts
with high end beautiful cars as props
A place to take your wedding photos

backdrop of classic vintage car
shops and gas station
Streetscape with shops and gas station

shaded from the hot sun by tall buildings
Strategic spot on the rooftop shaded from the hot sun by surrounding tall buildings for an intimate reception
rooftop wedding in LA
Rooftop Outdoor Wedding
Accumulated comments @ 2012-2013
Never knew you can have weddings here! Love seeing all the different
types of cars throughout the museum. DO NOT TOUCH signs everywhere. Nice view
of LA from the rooftop. This place was strategically picked because of the
nice high raised building covering the area where the ceremony was held to
provide shade. After the ceremony you walk 3 ft and you get your own
reception hall. Captivated by the fake grocery store, gas pump, and Farmer’s
Insurance agent. 
The Petersen was exactly the place that we wanted our wedding, I
wanted an outdoor rooftop and he wanted something different…being a car
enthusiast as my husband is The Petersen was perfect for the two of us. We
were able to take wedding photos in the museum and then have a nice intimate
reception on the roof.  From the
beginning, setting up appointments to go check out the venue to the end
working with staff was easy and great. The tough part about using a venue
like this is that we HAD to use their list of caterers and to go outside of
that there was a fee you would have to pay them. Also it was pretty much bare
bones, meaning we had to provide everything…and being inexperienced I did
not know that I had to rent everything, even the equipment for the caterer.  The people at the Petersen are great to work
with, they help as much as possible…but a tip is to make sure to go over
everything including the break down after the event. I learned the hard way,
did not communicate to them well to store all my hand made decorations, which
they ended up throwing out 🙁
iExcursionista @ Sep 2011
Thanks to the Petersen for totally going above and beyond to make
sure my reception was awesome. Mandy Hanalon was exceptional. The maintenance
staff was excellent, and worked with me and my wedding planner in creating a
seating scheme that was amenable to about 175 wedding guests. And let me not
forget to tell you about the cars. WOW! Absolutely breathtaking. We were on
the first floor, so our ambiance was late 19th Century to mid 20th Century.
It was set up like a street and we had so much fun. The guests were able to
look at the cars and party.

You have to use their list of Caterers, otherwise a fee is imposed. Catering and Beverage Providers:

  1. Contemporary Catering | | 310.558.8190
  2. Johnny Rockets | 323.634.0888
  3. Someone’s in the Kitchen | | 818.343.5151 x111
  4. West Coast Beverage | | 951.595.3312

Petersen Automotive Museum
FB Page:
Add: 6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
Tel: +1 323-930-2277

Equipment Rental (such as furniture/ media):


wedding shot at fake street
look at gorgeous cars, dont touch
Set up like a street

Host your own block party in a 1930s downtown setting! The first floor Streetscape diorama chronicles the evolution of the Southern California automobile and car culture in the twentieth century. The winding path provides sights and sounds of automobiles starting with a blacksmith shop from 1901, and ends with, “What Will They Think Of Next?”, an exhibit portraying the possibilities for the automobiles of the future. (Photo by Marianne Wilson Photography)

Banquet: 100
Reception: 600


function at peterson automotive
Second floor: Italian theme stations by “Someone’s in the Kitchen

The second floor boasts seven exhibition galleries, two of which feature special themed exhibits that change annually. Guests will enjoy contemporary displays of exotic, classic, and luxury cars, hot rods, motorcycles, and famous cars of Hollywood stars. Host an event in the Grand Salon where your guests will enjoy the unique opportunity to dine and dance while surrounded by some of the world’s most exquisite automobiles.
Just outside the second floor exhibit space, and included when renting the second floor, is a 6,000 square foot alfresco promenade ideal for an outdoor lounge transformation for your guests, for event-sponsor showcasing needs, or even a social celebration.

Capacity (Second Floor Interior)
Seated in Grand Salon: 350
Seated overall: 800

Capacity (Promenade)
Banquet: 200
Reception: 500


large wedding venue classy

The Pavilion entertains all event types including auctions, product launches, fashion shows, wrap parties, tradeshows, black-tie galas, weddings, and more. An impressive 17,280-square-foot structure, this grand space presents endless possibilities. Your guests will enter the Pavilion via the second floor of the museum.
Adjacent to the Pavilion, and included with a Pavilion rental, is a 6,000 square foot alfresco promenade ideal for an outdoor lounge transformation for your guests, for event-sponsor showcasing needs, or even a social celebration.

Capacity (Pavilion)
Banquet: 1000
Reception: 2000

Capacity (Promenade)
Banquet: 200
Reception: 500


glass entrance
on rooptop with city view wedding ceremony at 4th Floor

The Connor Penthouse on the fourth floor is a beautiful urban getaway. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. A large terrace surrounds the Penthouse to bring the celebration or ceremony outside. A dramatic glowing glass wall surrounds the terrace to create an upscale ambiance matched only by the panoramic view of the twinkling city lights and the stars above. This beautiful setting serves as a great place for a cocktail party, dinner reception, or ceremony. During the day, the timeless modern style and bright, airy feel of the Penthouse make it perfect for weddings, conferences, or any other special event fit for an outdoor urban environment.
Adjacent to the Connor Penthouse, and included with an Entire Fourth Floor rental, is the Founder’s Lounge. This boardroom offers a professional setting perfect for an off-site meeting. It can also be dressed as a private lounge area for a Penthouse party, or even serve as a bridal dressing room for a rooftop wedding. Pair a dinner or meeting with a tour of the museum. This space is available separately.

Capacity (Connor Penthouse & Terrace)
Banquet indoors: 150
Reception indoors: 300
Banquet outdoors: 300
Ceremony indoors or outdoors: 200

Capacity (Founder’s Lounge)
Conference style: 20
Theater or reception style: 50


founders lounge

The Founder’s Lounge boardroom offers a professional setting perfect for an off-site meeting. This space can be rented alone or as part of an Entire Fourth Floor rental.

Conference style: 20
Theater or reception style: 50


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