It’s hard to believe, but this Friday February 12th already marks 2 years since the sinkhole opened up in the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome and swallowed 8 Corvettes. To mark that ominous date, the NCM will open a new exhibit called “Corvette Cave-In: The Skydome Sinkhole Experience”.
The museum will celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony starting at 10am CT at the Exhibit entrance. NCM members can get in for free while regular admission applies for other guests. The grand opening of the new exhibit will also be streamed on Periscope.
The National Corvette Museum’s newest exhibit will be separated into eight different sections. Each area will combine photos, videos, information, artifacts and interactive activities for all ages. It will talk about the day it happened, why it happened, the cars affected, the social, video, and print media attention received, the recovery of all 8 cars, and how the hole was filled. Lastly, visitors will have a chance to climb down into the cave the beneath the NCM.
Here’s a closer look at each of the 8 sections of the Corvette Cave In display:
The Day – This section sets the stage for February 12th, 2014. A panel describes the day and a monitor loops the security camera footage showing the floor opening up and another plays media clips from that fateful day.
Media Coverage – The media portion displays some facts about the vast media coverage from the event and shows several clips from various documentary and news programs that have feature the sinkhole.
Pop Culture – Here the NCM takes a look at how their event generated social media shares, creative memes, and even provided a significant attendance bump for the museum.
Cars Affected – Here the “Great 8” will be showcased. This panel will have photos, videos, and facts about each of the damaged cars. A showcase will illustrate precisely where each car fell into the hole.
The Recovery – This portion of the display chronicles how each car was systematically removed from the sinkhole. Here you can control a crane and digitally recover all eight cars swallowed by the hole.
Karst Landscapes -This section will take look at karst and what exactly it is. It’ll talk about how caves and sinkholes are formed. Samples of rock formations from the NCM cave will be on display as well.
What It Took to Fix the Sinkhole – In this portion of the display they will recap the entire reclamation of the sinkhole. This display will discuss micropiles, the engineering involved in the process, and show a time-lapse video of the process. You’ll also be able to control a webcam inside the cave and search for Corvette parts.
The Grand Finale – Here you can explore the mini cave and experience virtual simulation of a collapse.
The Actual Cars – Your tour will wind you into the Skydome where all eight sinkhole Corvettes are once again displayed. The 2 restored cars sit alongside the other 6 victims. The final car to be repaired, the black 1962, will be fixed in the NCM’s new Maintenance and Preservation Department.
Look Below the Surface – Climb down a 48″ manhole leading into the cave. Look through a window to see the floor of the cave 30 feet down.
“Corvette Cave-In: The Skydome Sinkhole Experience” open this Friday, February 12th. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10am CT at the entrance to the new exhibit. If you can’t make it to the NCM, you can watch the grand opening live on Periscope.
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