The National Corvette Museum and the NCM Motorsports Park have seen increased attendance for the third straight year, with the museum welcoming 228,744 people through its doors, while 60,840 visited the motorsports park.
During 2017, visitors had the opportunity to observe a variety of special exhibits, including one that celebrated Kentucky’s 225th anniversary as a state. As part of this exhibit, guests were able to get a ride at the motorsports park in one of a selection of Corvettes, including a 1966 convertible 327, 1979 coupe, 1996 convertible, and a 2003 50th Anniversary Convertible. If you didn’t get a chance to have this experience last year, fret not; ridealongs are offered seasonally at $20 per person, Monday through Saturday, from 10am to 3pm.
“Visitors love hands-on experiences, so we were thrilled to be able to add several to our repertoire,” said Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. “The success of our 2017 additions led to us adding a racing simulator at the Museum for 2018. It has already proved to be quite popular, so we are excited to offer it to guests.”
The new racing simulator lets drivers of any age get behind the wheel of a C6 Corvette. It moves and vibrates much like a real car, providing a life-like experience for just $10 per session. Admission to the museum itself is $10 for adults, $5 for kids who are 5 through 12 years of age, and free for children 4 and under.