The Mission of the National Corvette Museum is the celebration
of the Corvette's invention, and the preservation of the legendary automobile's
past, present, and future. This museum will serve as an educational and
research model for all to enjoy.
The Corvette--America's only true sports car! An
American legend synonymous with impeccable style, unmatched power, and
Just as the trademark style of Arnold Palmer revolutionized
American sportswear, the Corvette has forever changed the way the world
looks at American cars.
Relive the legend at the National Corvette Museum--the
home of America's only true sports car!
The Inception-A Dream Becomes Reality
The National Corvette Museum Foundation(NCMF) was established
in 1988 by the National Corvette Restorers Society to plan the construction
of a museum to house classic Corvettes and memorabilia associated with
the Corvette. The Chevrolet Motor Division endorses the Corvette Museum
concept. The 20-member NCMF board, composed of executives, hobbyists, and
businesspeople, has an executive board of eight with final decision-making
Since the first organizational meeting in November
1988, the board has met semiannually to transform the museum dream into
a viable reality. The NCMF secured 33 acres of prime property in Bowling
Green, Kentucky, on which the 68,000 square foot museum was constructed.
Fronting Interstate 65, the museum setting is akin to the General Motors
World of Motion Pavilion of Future World in Epcot Center at Disney World
in Orlando, Florida-a design that complements the long-standing image of
the Corvette as a superior sports car in a class all its own.
Exhibits and Displays
The museum's exhibits and displays cover all Corvette
model years, starting with the birth of the Corvette in 1953 and going
beyond the present to futuristic concept Corvettes. All exhibits are not
shown simultaneously but, rather, rotated to ensure a fresh, exciting perspective
for frequent visitors.
From nostalgic settings that stir memories and convey
the history of the Corvette mystique to exhibits that focus on the Corvette's
development and noteworthy accomplishments, the theme exhibits offer something
to titillate every taste.
The area devoted to the 1950s, '60s and '70s appeal
to those of us who fondly remember drive-in diners, the birth of rock and
roll, and the hot new sports car that fired the American imagination! This
picturesque panorama of the changing American scene elicit an appreciation
of the significant influence the Corvette has exercised over other vehicles.
Breaking the Mold
Miniatures, clay models, and design sketches take center
stage in the area devoted to styling and design. And courtesy of the "design-your-own-Corvette"
area, would-be designers will experience the thrill of auto design with
the aid of a computerized interactive modeling, layout, and drafting CADCAM
system like those used by today's auto industry designers. Visitors can
also learn more about the step-by-step process of the design stage for
new Corvette models.
Start Your Engines
The performance and racing area touts the field cars
used for racing and winning, and includes big block cars. The Corvettes
in this exhibit have been used in auto races for every kind over the years,
and make outstanding, exciting display vehicles.
Chevy muscle cars like the Z28, the IROC, and the Chevelle
Mark IV are just a few of the showpieces that spotlight the performance
cars Chevrolet has produced over the years.
The specialty Corvette display features concept cars,
prototypes, custom models, and one-of-a-kind Corvettes from various eras.
This high-interest display illustrates the many faces of the Corvette-which
have helped it maintain consistently high popular appeal from its inception.
All Systems Go!
The powertrains and systems are presented in a dynamic
display of moving components and cutaways that focus on the chassis, engines,
transmissions, and vehicle electrical systems behind the power of the Corvette.
The Zora Room examines some of the contributions of
the legendary Zora Arkus-Duntov, former race car driver and Corvette engineer.
In addition to photographs and historical information, this display features
a bronze bust of Duntov and also includes samples taken from his drawings
and notes, concepts, posters, and memorably quotable quotes!
A main museum attraction is the restoration areas, which
provides prepartion space for display cars and serves as a learning center.
Seminars will teach students the art of restoration through actual hands-on
training in restoration techniques. An answer line is available to
help solve problems that arise during personal restoration projects and
to answer other inquiries received by telephone or fax.
National Corvette Museum I-65 exit 28 Bowling Green, Kentucky