NATIONAL CORVETTE MUSEUM CAMPUS
Not only is the Corvette America's favorite sports car, but it's also the longest-running model car in the nation's history! And no other automotive museum in the world is dedicated to a single model car. So it's no wonder that enthusiasts and visitors alike are entranced by the 115,000 square foot National Corvette Museum located just off I-65 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Home of Corvette!
Consistently named among the top "Best Attractions for Car Lovers" in the USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice awards, this top rated Kentucky museum features over 70 Corvettes, mostly on loan by private donors, that are showcased in periodic settings including mint classics, prototypes, rare finds and racing champs. Families will enjoy the KidZone with hands-on activities for children, and the exhibit hall features rotating exhibits not always focused on the Corvette. Big kids love making their friends jealous when sharing photos of themselves in the "sitter" Corvette available in the lobby.
Of course, you can make your friends really jealous by paying an additional fee to ride around the property in one of the museum-owned Corvettes (seasonal only) or by having a full Corvette Experience at the adjacent Motorsports Park! Or consider taking a virtual spin in a real C6 Corvette on the Museum's Boulevard with the racing simulator! For a small fee, visitors can "drive" the modified Corvette with life-like movements surrounded by three video screens providing the racetrack's visuals. Available for all ages as long as feet can reach the pedals, passengers are also allowed. Trust us, it will get your adrenaline pumping and is worth the cost!
Most visitors complete the self-guided tour of the museum in an hour or so, and guided tours are also available at 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm on a first-come first-served basis up to 20 people. If you're really serious about learning the history of Corvette, download the free audio tour online or via the Museum app. Recently certified as a Sensory Inclusive venue, sensory bags can be obtained at the admissions counter.
Hungry? The on-site, newly renovated Stingray Grill can help refuel your tank, currently open for breakfast and lunch daily when the museum is open. Chef-created dishes like Blueberry Stuffed French Toast, Watermelon Cucumber Salad, Pasta Fungi and Bourbon Bread Pudding offer a refined meal one would expect among such beautifully-designed cars.
Country music fans can see the newly acquired 1978 Corvette owned by George Jones. Another highlight is certainly the interactive "Corvette Cave-In" exhibit that chronicles the sinkhole that opened up in the museum's Skydome swallowing eight Corvettes in 2014. Oh, and did we mention the gorgeous Next Generation C8 Corvettes that now line the Boulevard inside the Museum while waiting for the new owners to take part in the Delivery Program? Just walking by this many brand new Corvettes at once is worth the trip for some!
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Hours: Open daily 9am to 5pm between March 1 and October 31. Open weekdays 10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm between November 1 and December 31. Open weekdays except Tuesdays 10am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm between January 1 and February 28/29. The Museum is also closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.