Throwback Thursday – National Corvette Museum 25th Anniversary Prelude

Throwback Thursday is a little different this week. We take a look at the past, present and future of the National Corvette Museum. It’s celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer and we’re taking a look at how far it’s come since 1994.

General Motors moved its Corvette Assembly Plant from St. Louis to Bowling Green in 1981. In 1984, the National Corvette Restorers Society had the idea to start a non-profit to gather Corvette related materials into a library and archives. Paul Schnoes, the GM Assembly Plant Manager at the time, drafted a business plan for a museum on plant property.

Bowling Green was seeing an economic boom from the plant and city leaders offered its current interstate location to the NCRS board. While the plans for the museum were in the works, the library was already growing.

In November 1990, the NCM Annex opened just off Scottsville Road in the current Puerto Vallarta restaurant strip. It housed a gift shop and small exhibits designed to showcase what was coming to the community.

The official groundbreaking for the museum was in June 1992, coinciding with a Chevrolet press show at the Assembly Plant. The $15 million project was underway thanks to private donors, help from local banks and the Bowling Green/Warren County Tourist Commission. The museum officially opened over Labor Day in 1994.

Thousands of people from all over the world travel to Corvette Museum events like this weekend’s NCM Michelin Bash and the November Vets ‘n Vettes event, but the largest are the milestone events every five years. More than five thousand people are already registered for this summer’s 25th anniversary. Hotels from Nashville to Elizabethtown are booked and Bowling Green will be full of Corvettes the week of Labor Day.