February 12, 2014 will forever be remembered by the National Corvette Museum as a day that a giant sinkhole opened up in one of the most unusual, and unfortunate places, right in the Skydome room of their museum. While the museum was closed on the day the sinkhole opened up, it was open for business again the next day, this time with the Skydome quarantined off.
To many, the museum might now seem unsafe. If eight cars fell through the floor, what’s stopping the earth from sucking up some unsuspecting museum goers next? However, the museum, geologists and structural engineers want the public to know that the the museum and the ground underneath it is being closely monitored and is currently, completely safe to visit.
“For the safety of the public, our firm has monitored the facility daily since the morning of the collapse and will continue to monitor the facility daily until all repairs are completed. During this monitoring, we have seen no indication of additional collapses therefore, we believe that the National Corvette Museum is safe and encourage the public to continue visiting,” Dennis D. Smith of DDS Engineering said in a statement.
Two barrier walls have been installed, separating the Skydome from the rest of the museum. One of the walls includes a video monitor which displays live webcam footage of the work being done in the Skydome. The second wall incorporates a plexiglass viewing area so that guests can take a look at the sinkhole for themselves from a safe distance.
The National Corvette Museum will continue with its regular operating hours throughout the repair process. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.