For anyone who owns (and loves) the Corvette brand and is based in the US, you will probably have considered at some point a trip to the famous Corvette museum.
However, depending on where you’re coming from (many even come from overseas) you will want to ensure that your favorite car is there when you arrive. Hopefully, this article can help you with that and also some more information on the museum itself.
Does the Corvette museum have a C8? Yes, the museum has a C8 Powertrain Development Corvette located in their Skydome which was once used purely for testing.
What is the Corvette museum?
The Corvette museum was established in 1994 and is focused on arguably America’s favorite car manufacturer (…I did say arguably). It runs as a non-profit foundation with the aim to preserve and celebrate the Corvette brand. It is built on a 115,000 square foot area on a 55-acre campus.
There are many sections to the museum, including the following:
- Nostalgia Area – realistic scenes depicting the Corvette’s early history.
- Kidzone – for kids ages 8 and younger and gives them the ability to build and test their own car.
- Performance Area – Exclusive to performance cars.
- Design & Engineering – Focuses on the design and development of the Corvette.
- Corvette Cave-In – A glimpse of the infamous sinkhole with an interactive exhibit.
- Skydome – site of the above sinkhole.
- Exhibit Hall – A constantly changing display area.
- Corvette Store – this is where you will spend your hard-earned money if you bring your kids!
There are other areas, including a theatre and nostalgia area. Best to give yourselves a couple of hours to see everything.
How much does it cost to enter the Corvette museum?
The cost to enter the Corvette museum (as of 2020) is as follows:
- $12 Adults (13-61)
- $10 Seniors (62 +)
- $7 Youth (5-12)
- 4 and under Free
- NCM Members Free
- Active Military Free
The museum is open from 0800-1700 (CET) 7 days a week apart from New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The Sinkhole in the Corvette museum
In early 2014 there was some significant rainfall and on the 12th of February a 40-foot wide, 25-foot deep sinkhole formed directly underneath the floor of the Skydome within the museum. Fortunately, as the sinkhole formed outside of opening hours, no one was injured.
Unfortunately, eight extremely rare Corvettes fell into the sinkhole, causing significant damage – these cars were valued at around $1m at this point. The engineering work that was required to make-safe the area cost over $3m! There is now a Corvette Cave In exhibit that displays some of the cars that were involved and an interactive display.
Where is the Corvette museum?
The Corvette Museum is located in Kentucky, USA and its full address is:
Museum: 350 Corvette Drive
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
I-65 Exit 28
Is the Corvette museum any good?
Yes, the museum is very well-liked by the vast majority of people who attend. On trip advisor, the museum receives an average of around 4.5 stars from thousands of reviews.
Apart from the cars there are other things to do and your kids should be happy in the Kidzone (but probably more happy when you go to the shop!). There are several different zones to explore as mentioned above. I’d go as far to say that if you have a Corvette then it’s almost mandatory that during your ownership you should visit this museum!
So, there you go – yes the Corvette museum has a Corvette C8, however it is a testing model that used to have camouflage all over it prior to production. They may well have C8’s in the future but currently they are touring the country at a number of events.
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