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Has anyone been to the Corvette Museum? I'm driving through Bowling Green and was planning on stopping by there; wondering if this is a 15 minute walkthrough or someplace I might realistically spend 1-2 hours?

I think I walked the entire IMS museum at the Indy MotoGP in 45 minutes and that was with us killing time between free practice sessions. And I think the Porsche museum in Stuttgart had about 10-15 minutes worth of stuff (which was a big let-down).

Trying to plan my driving itinerary so wondering if any gear heads have been there. The plant tours are all sold out for the day I'll be there, so only looking to see the museum.

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My parents just took their vette down there with a group a few week ends ago. I was surprised that it is in no way affiliated with GM. Its an independent operation.
They liked it but they're from another generation so...
I'd say if you're that close go thru it. Whats a bust to one person can be interesting to another.

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the museum is interesting, but the factory tour across the street was 10x better

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I was there for a couple hours, but I love corvettes. If you're not that interested, there isn't much else to see there.

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My wife and I stopped there on the way back from the honeymoon over 7 years ago. We liked a lot and it was interesting.

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the museum is interesting, but the factory tour across the street was 10x better
Huge +1, factory tour is top tits.

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The factory tour is not available for the day I'm driving through, and I'm a gear head so seems like I could kill 30-60 minutes there. It actually looks like I'll be staying overnight nin Bowling Green based on my travel plans so it no reason not to stop in the morning before heading out.

I did a factory tour of the Wilmington DE Plant when the Sky/Soltice was built there, was pretty cool.

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Just a warning driving down there. The bridge for I-64 that connects KY & IN is closed indefinitely which means all of that traffic is re-routed across I-65 which is where you will cross into Louisville KY. Delays are significant even compared to Chicago traffic. If I were you I would travel through there after hours or nowhere near rush hour.
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i was there about 8 years ago. i am not that big of a corvette fan but i enjoyed it. it was worth the effort.
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IMHO, The Buick Skylark Museum is better but who ever goes to Poughkeepsie?

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Factory tour is FAR better, and takes a while. 1-2 hours tops in the museum, but it is worth it.

My brother ordered his Vette and took delivery in the Museum. Pretty cool, it had it IN the museum display, got to take his pic with it in the museum, and drive it out of there...

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isnt there an area there where anyone can pull their vette in and take a pic like its in the museum?

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Stopped there when I delivered the 916 to florida. nice place. I'd recommend a stop.




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... And I think the Porsche museum in Stuttgart had about 10-15 minutes worth of stuff (which was a big let-down).
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Just curious... was that the old or the new one? I think the new one opened 3 years ago.

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Just a warning driving down there. The bridge for I-64 that connects KY & IN is closed indefinitely which means all of that traffic is re-routed across I-65 which is where you will cross into Louisville KY. Delays are significant even compared to Chicago traffic. If I were you I would travel through there after hours or nowhere near rush hour.
Good tip! I had forgotton about this. I'll be hitting Louisville around 7:30-8PM so traffic should be fine then.

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Just curious... was that the old or the new one? I think the new one opened 3 years ago.
I was there in '99 I think, so defintely the old one.

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I was there in '99 I think, so defintely the old one.
The new one is huge... definitely on my bucket-list.

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I was there in '99 I think, so definitely the old one.
Yes it's way better. My brother was part of the engineering team for the New Porsche and MB Museum, and said that the old one was "a hole in the wall" of the plant....

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The new one is huge... definitely on my bucket-list.
Also add the MB one, it's a lot of cool stuff.
The Porsche Museum is showing more the car's they build and you walk the the timeline. The MB is similar, but it also shows some special stuff, like trucks, the racing heritage, the newest and future stuff.
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Spent about a hour there this morning, was pretty cool. Had some nice private cars on loan as well. The hotel clerk gave me a $3-off coupon for the tour so for $7 it was a no-brainer for a gear-head.

Still will probably buy one of these someday. Wish I could talk the woman into selling her Sky Redline so I can stick a C6 in the garage.

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