Municipalities, corporations, and other organizations are reaching out in various ways to assist those affected by the U.S. government shutdown. The National Corvette Museum is joining other similar organizations by offering free admission into the museum to all federal employees.
The offer is open to the federal employee and up to “three accompanying, immediate family members during the shutdown,” which has no signs of ending anytime soon. All a federal employee has to do is present their ID or badge at the admissions counter to receive the free armbands and entrance into the museum.
The National Corvette Museum is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. The museum is located at I-65, exit 28 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, just down the street from General Motors’ factory where it builds the Chevrolet Corvette.
The NCM also serves as a hub for Corvette enthusiast culture. Every year, the annual NCM Bash draws hundreds to see the latest model year Corvette, to hear discussions and speeches from Corvette icons such as chief engineer Tadge Juchter and racing team manager Doug Fehan, and to take their prized possessions of Americana for some laps around the adjacent NCM Motorsports Park.
Working closely with the Bowling Green Assembly facility nearby, Chevrolet customers can assist in “building” their Corvette, and shortly after can take delivery of their American made sports car at the National Corvette Museum. The customer-focused Engine Build Experience recently moved from Wixom to Bowling Green in 2014, where hand-built operations of the LT4 and LT5 V8 engines take place. The Cadillac Blackwing V8 will also be built by hand in Bowling Green, as well.
The National Corvette Museum ironically saw a spike in popularity after a massive sinkhole suddenly opened up the floor of the exhibit in 2014, and swallowed several prized collectable Corvettes. Some of which were able to be restored. Others were beyond saving.