The ongoing pandemic didn’t stop the Museum from pursuing its goal of sharing the past, present, and future with enthusiasts of all age, with special events and new exhibits.
Not surprisingly, the NCM just received word that it ranked first in the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Attraction for Car Lovers.
The Museum was among 20 automotive attractions nominated for the honor by a panel of relevant experts, including editors from USA TODAY, editors from 10Best.com, relevant expert contributors, and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.
After four weeks of voting by the public, the NCM tallied the most votes to earn the prestigious honor as Best Attraction for Car Lovers.
“The next generation Corvette has drawn the attention of not only die-hard Corvette enthusiasts but also fans of other marques. This highly anticipated car and exhibit is something any performance car enthusiast is going to want to immerse themselves in,” says Dr. Sean Preston, President and CEO of the Museum. “What’s even better is that visitors can observe as new owners take delivery of their 2020 Corvettes right here inside the Museum. It doesn’t get any more exciting than that!”
Just as the Corvette has always been unwilling to rest on its laurels, the NCM is constantly improving, even amidst the pandemic.
For example, from March 19 to May 8, 32 episodes of a new “Vettecademy” video series for youngsters aired on the NCM website telling them about various aspects of Corvettes. Because that series was so popular, the Museum then launched an 11-episode “Fully Vetted” series aimed at enthusiasts of all ages.
With visitors unable to come to them over the past few months, the NCM brought the Museum to them, including through a virtual online car show that drew more than 1,000 entries, then a virtual Michelin NCM Bash that attracted more than 500 live online viewers that heard seminar speakers and more through Zoom.
Once the public was finally able to return to the NCM in person on June 8, they were greeted by several major improvements completed during the shutdown, including a heavily remodeled and digitally enhanced E. Pierce Marshall Memorial Performance Gallery that now includes 180-degree video projection, touch screen kiosks, and of course lots of Corvette race cars.
The Museum also unveiled a new exhibit called “Vision Realized” that details the history of the development of the long-awaited mid-engine Corvette, along with a new exhibit about the 1954 “Entombed” Corvette and upgrades to the Skydome Sinkhole Experience.
“Our goals during the pandemic were to keep as many team members employed as possible and use the time to upgrade our visitors’ experience – taking the Museum to another level,” Preston said. “Our team worked hard to update the facility so that it reflects the look and feel of the next-generation Corvette. We are excited for guests to see it for themselves.”
You can see what all the accolades are about by visiting the Museum yourself, now open daily, 8am-5pm CT in Bowling Green, Ky., at I-65, exit 28. Learn more at corvettemuseum.org.
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