The National Corvette Museum has officially reopened following a 12-week long closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NCM, which reopened on Monday, June 8th, is inviting Corvette fans to come and experience its newly renovated vehicle galleries, which underwent a full redesign over the past six months. The NCM’s main gallery now features a digital projection display, interactive touch screens, artifact display cases and an “impressive” line up of historically significant Corvettes. Sitting front and center in the main gallery is an ex-Corvette Racing C7.R chassis, which is owned by noted Chevy enthusiast Pierce Marshall Jr.
Additionally, the NCM has remodeled its Design and Engineering Gallery to feature a new exhibit called “The Vision Realized: 60 Years of Mid-Engine Corvette Design.” Among the vehicles on display in this section of the museum are a Corvette C8, the original Corvette Indy Concept and the experimental Corvette XP-987 GT. Other early mid-engine Corvette prototypes will be added to the gallery later this summer, including the CERV-1, CERV-II, Astro II, the Reynolds Aluminum Corvette and XP-819 a rear-engine Corvette.
Many of these experimental mid-engine Corvette models are still owned by GM. The automaker worked closely with the NCM to make the exhibit happen and approached it about setting up an area of the museum “which focuses on the key vehicles that built the foundation for the 2020 Corvette Stingray,” said curator Derek E. Moore. The exhibit also features “original renderings from our Museum alongside photographs, artifacts and ephemera from both the GM Design Archive & Special Collections, and GM Heritage Center,” Moore said.
Additionally, the NCM has set up a new ‘Entombed Corvette’ display featuring a 1954 Corvette that was encased in a brick “tomb” for 27 years. The previous owners of the vehicle donated the car to the NCM “so that we could continue in the preservation of both the car and its amazing story,” Moore explained.
The National Corvette Museum, which is located just off of I-65 at exit 28 in Bowling Green, Kentucky is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Like other businesses, the museum has implemented recommended procedures to keep guests and staff safe during their visit, including social distancing measures.