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National Corvette Museum Celebrates Its Third Consecutive Year of Increased Attendance

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The one and only 1983 Corvette in its new display at the National Corvette Museum

More people than ever stopped in to admire a massive collection of Corvettes last year
Photo: National Corvette Museum

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky is one of the most iconic and popular automotive museums in the world. According to reports from the museum, its popularity only seems to be growing.

The National Corvette Museum experienced its third consecutive year of increased attendance during 2017.


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Last year, a total of 228,744 people entered the museum. Additionally, 60,840 people visited the NCM Motorsports Park, which is located across the street from the National Corvette Museum, during 2017.

This record attendance was spurred on by a number of special events the National Corvette Museum held last year. For example, the museum hosted a special exhibit celebrating the 225th anniversary of the state of Kentucky, which explored the history of transportation in the Bluegrass State.


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Meanwhile, at the Motorsports Park, guests were able to ride in a select group of vintage Corvette models, for the price of $20 per person. The Corvette models included a 1966 Convertible 327, a 1979 Coupe, a 1996 Convertible, and a 2003 50th Anniversary Convertible.

During the summer of 2017, the National Corvette Museum opened up its NCM Kartplex. This experience allows visitors of 60 inches tall or more to race high-speed go-karts across an exciting track.

The National Corvette Museum Kartplex go-kart track

The NCM Kartplex made for an exciting addition to the National Corvette Museum campus

“Visitors love hands-on experiences, so we were thrilled to be able to add several to our repertoire,” said Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. “The success of our 2017 additions led to us adding a racing simulator at the Museum for 2018. It has already proved to be quite popular, so we are excited to offer it to guests.”

Said simulator costs $10 per session. You can find it and many other exciting Corvette-based experiences at the National Corvette Museum.

Source: National Corvette Museum