The National Corvette Museum has recorded their highest-ever annual attendance record, with 251,258 interested Corvette enthusiasts passing through its doors in 2014. The facilities’ former attendance recorded was posted in 1999, when the museum had 200,900 visitors.
The NCM chalks its attendance record up to the massive sinkhole that opened up in the museum’s Sky Dome room, swallowing up eight iconic Corvettes in the process. The sinkhole made international news, attracting guests that otherwise wouldn’t have paid a visit to the Corvette Museum.
In addition to the sinkhole, the NCM also celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and the opening of its Motorsports Park, bringing even more attendees to its grounds, located just off I-65 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Also, the continued interest in the C7-generation Corvette contributed to increased attendance.
“The bar has certainly been raised for all of us as we now focus on 2015,” Wendell Strode, Executive Director of the NCM, said in a statement. “Continuing our commitment to make sure each visitor has an experience that exceeds their expectations will ensure our 2015 will be a success.”
In 2013, museum attendance stood at 150,462, translating to a 67% increase in visitation year-over-year. Chevrolet’s Bowling Green Assembly plant, which manufactures the C7 Corvette Stingray and Z06, also had an increase in visitors, with 55,785 guests touring the facility in 2014.