National Corvette Museum

The National Corvette Museum showcases the Chevrolet Corvette, an American sports car that has been in production since 1953. It is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, off Interstate 65's Exit 28. It was constructed in 1994, and opened to the public in September of that year.[1]

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National Corvette Museum is located in Kentucky
National Corvette Museum
Location within Kentucky
National Corvette Museum is located in the United States
National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum (the United States)
EstablishedSeptember 1994; 28 years ago (1994-09)
Location350 Corvette Drive
Bowling Green, Kentucky
PresidentSharon Brawner

The museum is located only a quarter mile from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, where Corvettes have been made since 1981. Public tours of the assembly plant are unavailable as of June 16, 2017, and GM has given no indication when or if they will resume.[2] Patrons can, through their local Chevrolet dealership, add package option R8C which can give them a VIP tour of the Corvette Museum and assembly plant and patrons can have the option to build their own engine for their Corvette (this option adds $995 (as of 2020) to the car).[3]

2014 damageEdit

On February 12, 2014, a sinkhole opened under the floor of the Skydome area of the museum at around 5:44 AM local time, causing a portion of the floor to collapse. Kentucky is one of the many states that is notable for having karst topography. Karst topography is the landscape that is formed from the dissolving of rocks such as limestone. In the museum's case, the sinkhole was caused by the dissolving of the limestone in the ground which caused pockets to open underneath the surface. Eventually, the weight of the building caused the top layer of soil to collapse.[4] Eight rare and one-of-a-kind Corvettes, portions of the display stands and rails, large concrete floor slabs and dirt fell into the sinkhole, causing serious damage to some of the Corvettes. The Corvettes involved have an estimated value of a million dollars.[5][6] The remaining 20 cars in the Skydome were immediately removed from that area. Between March 3, 2014 and March 6, 2014, 5 of the 8 Corvettes were recovered from the sinkhole. The spire area of the Skydome is being reinforced before work starts on removing the final three buried cars.[7] Multiple multigravity tests were done to ensure that another sinkhole wasn't present or in the making. The results came back clear which allowed for the construction work to begin. For added precaution, micropiles, or systems of steel rods, were inserted into the ground before the concrete was repoured to help give the building more support.[8] The museum reopened the day after the sinkhole appeared.[9]

An exhibit opened in the museum two years later to tell the story of what happened that day and why it happened. This exhibit gives visitors the chance to virtually recover the cars that were in the sinkhole.[10]

Hall of FameEdit

The museum also sponsors the Corvette Hall of Fame for individuals who have been involved with the Corvette automobile and made significant contributions in their respective fields. Each year, from two to six persons have been inducted into this select group.

Year Name Name Name Name Name Name
1998 Bill Mitchell Harley Earl Larry Shinoda Joe Pike Ed Cole Zora Duntov
1999 James C. Perkins Dave McLellan Dick Guldstrand
2000 John Fitch Dick Thompson Jerry Palmer
2001 Gibson Hufstader Joseph Spielman Betty Skelton
2002 John Cafaro Jim Jeffords Myron Scott
2003 Noland Adams Robert Morrison
2004 Ray Battaglini Darrel Bowlin Jon Brookmyer Dan Gale Terry McManmon
2005 Chip Miller Randy Wittine Don Yenko
2006 Dave Hill John Lingenfelter Gary Mortimer
2007 Doug Hooper Gordon Killebrew Carl Renner
2008 Allan Barker Don Barker Reeves Callaway Maurice Olley
2009 Duane Bohnstedt Tony De Lorenzo Gerald Thompson John Hinckley
2010 Grady Davis Fred Gallasch Jim Ingle
2011 Clare "Mac" MacKichan Ray Quinlan Ron Fellows
2012 Andy Pilgrim

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Antonick, Mike (2006). Corvette Black Books 1953-2007. MotorBooks International. p. 106. ISBN 9780760328941.
  2. ^ "Bowling Green Assembly Plant". Archived from the original on June 20, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Delivery Programs". National Corvette Museum. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  4. ^ "Kentucky Sinkhole Eats Corvettes, Raises Questions". Archived from the original on March 2, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  5. ^ JUSTIN STORY and ROBYN L. MINOR (February 12, 2014). "Local contractor will help remove reported $1 million in Corvettes from sinkhole at museum". Bowling Green Daily News.
  6. ^ Jeffries, Adrianne (February 12, 2014). "Eight vintage Corvettes swallowed by 40-foot sinkhole inside National Corvette Museum". The Verge. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Jones, Matthew (February 13, 2014). "Corvettes disappear into massive hole". BBC TopGear. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  8. ^ Katie Frassinelli
  9. ^ Everson, Zach (February 13, 2014). "Corvette Museum Sinkhole Swallows Eight 'Vettes: Watch Them Sink". Aol Travel. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  10. ^ "Corvette Cave In Exhibit". National Corvette Museum. Retrieved March 26, 2022.
  11. ^ "Corvette Hall Of Fame Inductees". National Corvette Museum. Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014.

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