The ties between the Corvette plant and the museum are no more apparent than in Corvette factory option R8C, the "Museum Delivery Program." Corvette customers can arrange through their local dealer to take delivery of their new car at the museum. The program includes a guided tour of the assembly plant and a detailed one-on-one orientation to the buyer's new Corvette by a member of the Museum Delivery Team. An average of 15 Corvette buyers per week take advantage of this $490 package.
Thanks to the assembly plant, the museum has the build sheets for all Corvettes built at the Bowling Green factory since it opened in 1981. These build sheets and window stickers are available through the museum for a fee.
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Open since 1981, the museum has outgrown its space
and plans for a 60,000-square-foot edition.
The museum has already outgrown its original space and plans are in the works for a $6 million, 60,000-square-foot addition. Part of it will be a comprehensive centralized library for research and reference. There documents, film, photos, and artifacts will be preserved for the Corvette enthusiast community.
With a continuing rise in event attendance, an on-site banquet facility and additional exhibition space are also crucial. In addition to enhancing museum functions, the facility will be available to showcase special education exhibits to the public. The National Corvette Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, and contributions to it are tax deductible as allowed by law. Also, there are several tiers of membership with an annual fee of $50 to lifetime membership with a one-time fee of $1500.
The National Corvette Museum is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time except Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Admission is $8 for adults, $4.50 for children 6-16 years old (younger children are admitted free), and $6 for senior citizens 55 or older. There is also a family rate of $20. The museum's address is 350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101. Information can be had by calling (270) 781-7973 or (800) 538-3883, or by visiting www.corvettemuseum.com on the Web.
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