It seems as if it was only yesterday our hearts sank along with eight Corvettes when a section of floor at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky caved in.
Fortunately, there was no one at the museum at the time, but security cameras captured the event that went viral on the Internet and news worldwide. Click here to see the footage.
Believe it or not, two years have passed since the unfortunate event that shook the Corvette community when the forty-feet-wide by thirty-feet-deep sinkhole swallowed the prized Corvettes on February 12th, 2014.
Also restored is a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil unveiled on the first anniversary of the sinkhole collapse. The third one, a 1962 Tuxedo Black Convertible, will undergo repairs at the museum’s new Maintenance and Preservation Department.
To commemorate the second anniversary of the shocking event, and in true Corvette spirit, the National Corvette Museum will unveil a new exhibit titled “Corvette Cave-In!: The Skydome Sinkhole Experience.”
Katie Frassinelli, NCM’s Spokeswoman, stated that visitors will be able to walk through a new permanent, interactive, three-dimensional electronic exhibit detailing the collapse, the aftermath, and what was learned from the experience. “There is a little something for everyone,” Frassinelli said.
“Corvette Cave-In!” a 1,000-square-foot exhibit, was built in Florida by Creative Arts Unlimited. Installation Manager, David Orlik, said the process was like building a giant jigsaw puzzle, disassembling it, and reassembling it again on site at the museum in Kentucky.
The exhibition will be located in the corridor that leads to the Skydome. It contains eight exhibit areas that will offer interactive displays and information on Karst Topography in the Bowling Green area.
School children will be able to relive the sinkhole experience through a three-dimensional projection, Orlik said, and an interactive crane game will allow them to get behind a crane, pick up the cars, and place them in their bays.
Other exhibits include security footage and media news of the event, and an interactive before-and-after display of each car that fell. Visitors will also enjoy an exhibit on the technical challenges of filling the sinkhole and rebuilding the floor of the Skydome, including a time-lapsed video of the construction.
The “Look Below the Surface” exhibit, a 48-inch manhole leading to the cave, will offer visitors a look at the cave floor 30 feet below through a window.
There is no doubt 2016 will be a busy and exciting year at the National Corvette Museum. In addition to the new “Corvette Cave-In!” exhibit, the NCM also offers driving schools, birthday party options, and a Star Wars themed camp.
If you have never visited the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, now is the time to do so. If you have visited before, it seems like the perfect time for another visit.
The anticipated exhibit will open on February 12th, 2016, the second year anniversary of one of the world’s most famous sinkhole collapses.
“Corvette Cave-In!: The Skydome Sinkhole Experience” promises to be an exciting and educational experience for visitors of all ages.