The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky is acknowledging the ten-year anniversary of a cave-in that damaged the museum swallowed up eight Chevy Corvette sports cars. Known as the National Corvette Museum sinkhole, the event occurred on February 12th, 2014, around 5:38 a.m. local time and gained worldwide attention. Now, the museum will launch a new exhibit that documents the cave-in.
“The National Corvette Museum captured the attention of the world a decade ago, and we’ve spent the last decade turning misfortunes into hard-fought and well-earned triumphs,” said museum Board Chair, Kaye Wagner. “With over 15 major exhibitions, tens of millions of dollars in renovations and improvements, the creation of a STEAM-focused education gallery, the addition of a world-class Motorsports Park to our campus, and countless other advances in the last ten years, the National Corvette Museum is proud of our journey.”
The cave-in occurred in the museum Skydome structure and created a 40-foot-by-30-foot hole in the floor. Video and still images of the event went viral, bringing international attention to the museum. Repairs cost a whopping $3.2 million, although the event didn’t lower attendance – in fact, attendance increased.
Now, the museum is poised to open a new exhibit that documents the event. Called “Ground to Sky”, the exhibit will include “the moments, memories, and machines that made history that fateful day, while focusing on the accomplishments of countless Museum staff and supporters who built back and reimagined a National Corvette Museum that continues to evolve,” the museum states.
The new “Ground to Sky” exhibit will open Friday, June 14th, 2024, and will run through September 15th, 2024. The exhibit will feature two fully restored vehicles recovered from the sinkhole, including a 2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1 and the 1 Millionth Corvette produced (1992 model year, white exterior).
The National Corvette Museum is located just down the street from the GM Bowling Green Plant in Kentucky, the exclusive producer of the Chevy Corvette since 1981.