After seeing the media footage of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in 2014 and other advertisements over the years, I couldn’t pass through Bowling Green without at least stopping to see the museum and gift shop. When there is more time, I’ll venture into the actual museum itself to learn the history of the corvette.
The Corvette Museum is located just off interstate 65 at exit 28 in Bowling Green Kentucky. It was constructed in 1994 and opened that same year to the public.
The lobby alone is interesting and the gift shop has plenty of items for the car enthusiast and corvette fan. The atmosphere and vibe are evident from the moment you step through the doors into the expansive entry and see all of the new cars waiting to be delivered.
There is a lot to see without even going through the museum. If you are just passing through and in need of a meal, consider the Stingray Grill and order the stingray burger and fries.
After a filling meal, check out the brand new corvettes in the lobby that customers have ordered from the factory across the street. An expert concierge walks the new owners through everything about their new car and then escorts them on a private tour of the museum.
For those of us not purchasing a new corvette (at least not yet anyway), there is a self-guided tour that guides you along the history of the vette. The museum has more than 70 classic corvettes as well as unique cars on display in periodic settings. There is also a special exhibit on the corvette swallowing sink hole that occurred in 2014 along with some of the cars salvaged.
Don’t forget to visit the gift shop with lots of items for any car lover. Great selection of t-shirts and other garments along with many other various souvenirs – many unique in their own rite.
Before you leave, see if the simulator is running over near the ticket gates and take a corvette for a spin around a racetrack. If a simulator isn’t enough to get your motor running, you can drive a corvette or do laps at the track over at NCM Motorsports Park. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. You can also go Kart racing at NCM Kartplex.
The museum hosts a number of events annually such as the Michelin NCM Bash (last weekend of April), Anniversary Celebration (Labor Day Weekend) and Vets ‘n Vettes (early November).
National Corvette Museum
The Gateway to All Things Corvette
350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Take I-65 exit 28 in Kentucky. Turn LEFT at the first stoplight onto Corvette Drive. The Museum is on the right. Parking is available at Gate A and B. Oversized vehicles (RVs), trailers, semis please use Gate A and park in our truck lot just past the front entrance to the Museum.
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