The National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Kentucky

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We started to venture outside of Nashville and one of the things I wanted to do was head to the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. My dream car is a black 1969 Corvette Stingray Convertable, like the one from Rush Hour *drool* So we drove a little over an hour and took in the Corvette Museum, and trust me hubby didn't mind!

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky

The National Corvette Museum – Bowling Green, Kentucky

Before you even get into the museum you walk down a row of Corvettes. We even got to hear one of them being started up! plus as you can see they have a little cafe there as well.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Row

After you buy your tickets you walk into a room that is more like a timeline of Corvettes.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Timeline

You then start your tour with a video, one started every 15 minutes.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Movie Time

After your video, you start your tour starting with some of the oldest Corvettes.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky White Car

I love how each period of Corvettes is set up in a little scene, like this town scene.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Town

It was nice to see the stingray represented but they didn't have my exact dream car.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Stingray

Look at all the vintage Mobile items!

Mobile

Then we found this door about mid-tour…..

Kids Door

They had a whole section for kids to get hands on! They had a car assembly line

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Assembly Line

They had a little dining area and cooking station my 3-year-old loved.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky kitchen

Then my older two got to play mechanic.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Mechanics

They could put on and take off tires.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Tires

They also changed the air filter.

Air Filter

They even got to go and work under the car.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Under Car

They even had the Cars movie playing in the kids area

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Car movie

Then we got to see Corvettes from the 60's.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky 60s Corvettes

They also had some concept cars to view.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Concept Car

Then my kids put teamwork to the test and lifted a Corvette frame.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Frame

Then we got to see a test crash car. This was a great time to explain the importance of seat belts with my kids and what they do in test crashes. My son couldn't grasp the concept of why they would intentionally smash a car.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Crash Car

Then we got to head into the area where the famous sinkhole is!

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Sink Hole Area

Then had tape on the floor showing the areas

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Sinkhole Outline

They showed the cars that were pulled out from the sink hole with the dirt still on them.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Sinkhol Cars

Some cars were damaged beyond repair. I imagine this one was on the bottom of the pile.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Crushed Car

Of the 43 Corvettes produced in 1983, only 1 has survived….

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky 1983 Corvette

At the end of the tour, they had a Car Part Art Exhibit.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Art Sign

They had some interesting pieces like the tire dragon.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Tire Dragon

The hood art.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Hood Art

And the Eiffel Tower made from tires.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Tire Tower

At the gift shop, you can buy dirt and rocks from the sinkhole…..

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Sink Hold Dirt

On the way out we saw this rock that came from the sinkhole

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Sink Hole Rock

You can see some of the nuts and bolts from the cars that are still stuck in it.

The National Corvette Museum - Bowling Green, Kentucky Sink Hole Rock Bolt

The kids had a blast, my husband loved it because it was car related, and I loved seeing the Corvettes even if I didn't get to see my dream car!

 

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