Day #1 – Travel as I Have Envisioned It Could Be!
The first leg of our trip took us northwest through Nashville, TN, and into Kentucky. We had decided to leave a day early to make our appointment in Indiana. This added some time in our schedule that allowed us the opportunity to stop along the way. As we approached Bowling Green, Kentucky, I mentioned (subtle suggestion) the Corvette museum as possible stop and received immediate agreement.
The museum is immediately accessible from the interstate, and there is plenty of parking, including a large area for campers and motor homes.
In the lobby, sat new, bright blue Vette. It was very popular with visitors because you can sit in it—sort of “try it on.” Indeed, to me it seemed much like slipping into a well fitted slipper.
The first stop on our visit was the 200-seat Chevrolet Theater that shows a 20-minute movie that chronicles the progression of the Corvette design and concurrent relevant historical events—a video trip down memory lane for those of us who “were there.”
The museum’s collection includes more than 80 cars and a vast assortment of associated memorabilia and artifacts. Corvettes of every production year are on display, as well as special Vette racing cars, Indy 500 Pace cars, and special one-of-a-kind concept models and modified cars. Or simply put, a Corvette lover’s paradise. Though I never owned, nor even road in a Corvette, every exhibit brought back memories—not only about the cars but past events and memorable times in my life.
Certainly not planned as an exhibit is the story of the huge sinkhole that opened beneath a display room in 2014 and swallowed eight cars, including a one-of-a-kind concept car. Of the eight, five cars were damaged beyond repair. The remaining three were either essentially undamaged or have been restored. Both the damaged and restored cars are on display, along with a complete gallery devoted to the cave-in and the cave beneath the museum. They even have a small room where visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the cave-in.
Allow one to two hours to see everything, read the information plaques, and fully appreciate the museum experience. Regardless of your immediate interest in Corvettes, it is also a history lesson in American transportation culture over the past 70+ years.
The museum has an appropriately themed café, and a well-stocked gift shop with items that will tempt anyone who has owned or ridden (or wanted a ride) in a Corvette. For me, it was neither—just an appreciation of the mystique of the Corvette.
The museum also has a 50s-60s themed soda fountain offering burgers and other lunches, and a well stocked gift shop with almost something for anyone with an appreciate of the classic, enduring American sports car.
Museum: 350 Corvette Drive
Plant: 600 Corvette Drive
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101
Easy access off of I-65, Exit 28
$10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Youth (6-16)
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