On February 12, 2016, the National Corvette Museum opened its latest attraction for museum guests. Marking the two-year anniversary of the day a handful or priceless Corvettes were swallowed by Mother Nature, the NCM officially opened the Corvette Cave-In.
The attraction comes as a compromise after museum officials contemplated keeping the sinkhole as an exhibit itself. Instead, the Skydome was rebuilt, and the Corvettes were restored, and we’re left with an intriguing exhibit.
The Corvette Cave-In is divided into multiple sections, including The Day, Media Coverage, Pop Culture, Cars Affected, The Recovery, Karst Landscapes, What It Took to Fix the Sinkhole and The Grand Finale combining photos, videos, informational text and interactive portions.
“We were able to put some of the parts from the sinkhole Corvettes back into our cave, and we now have a web cam that allows visitors to actually search in the cave for the car parts,” said Katie Frassinelli, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Museum. “I think my personal favorite is the Corvette crane game which allows you to remove boulders, debris and Corvettes from the sinkhole. The designers even put the cars exactly how they were in the sinkhole. Of course, the game is a lot easier than it was in real life!”
The exhibit is included in a regular admission ticket to the NCM and ready for thousands to explore.