Reconstruction: National Corvette Museum after massive sinkhole


Web Editor - Amanda Roberts

UPDATE (2/20/14):

Engineers and construction personnel have been on-site at the National Corvette Museum for reconstruction after a sinkhole swallowed eight Corvettes.

The area affected and under construction, the Skydome area remains closed to the public.

Two barrier walls have been installed between the Skydome building and the rest of the museum. One of the walls is a plexi-glass wall so that guests may view the sinkhole with safety.

Dr. Jason Polk, Assistant Professor of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University says, "This area of the country is an iconic example of a landscape where sinkholes occur."

UPDATE: Eight total Corvettes were affected by a sinkhole in the middle of the National Corvette Museum this morning, but the museum will remain open.

The museum received a call at 5:44 a.m. from the security company alerting to motion detectors going off in the Skydome area.

Eight Corvettes were affected including:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors

The following six damaged vehicles were owned by the National Corvette Museum:

  • 1962 Black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette 

None of the cars affected from the sinkhole were on loan from individuals.

The Corvette Museum has updated their Youtube page with video of the sinkhole, and security camera footage of two cars slipping in to the sinkhole.

At the time the sinkhole had collapsed no one was in or around the museum, and a structural engineer will assess the damage and stability of the surrounding area.

Although the Skydome area will remain closed, the museum plans to re-open the Skydome exhibit soon. 

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum.


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A sinkhole has collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, damaging six cars but not shutting down the facility.

Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster says the hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department.
The hole is in part of the domed section of the museum, and that area will remain closed. That's an original part of the facility for which construction began in 1992 and was completed in 1994.
Lancaster says information is still being gathered about what exactly happened, but this appears to be the first incident of its kind at the property.
No injuries were reported in the incident.

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