National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum


Welcome to the Nostalgia area that is most recognized as “small town” USA in the early 1950’s complete with a local barber shop, gas station and an introduction to the 1953 Corvette – America’s first true sports car.

Guests touring through this historic era will learn about the passion and persistence of men like Zora Arkus-Duntov, the godfather of the Corvette, whose genius works in the early 50’s and 60’s perfected the Corvette into the car it is today.
Stroll down Main Street and visit the mid-century barbershop and the old service station, complete with authentic gas pumps, air tower and garage.
Our unique displays give guests the opportunity to see some of the early model years and rare collectibles and memorabilia intertwined into each exhibit.
A tribute exhibit to Route 66 underscores the 1960’s romance with the open highway. Corvettes from this era decorate this exhibit along with “life-like” figures of the “Route 66” television characters who starred in the show which ran from 1960 to 1964. Strolling along we come to a realistic 1960’s Chevrolet dealer showroom packed with rare collectible models including a 1963 “split-window” coupe, Sting Rays, Sharks and other classics.
Another full-scale diorama recreates portions of the old Corvette Assembly line in St. Louis, where the Corvette was produced from late 1953 to 1981, when production moved to Bowling Green, KY. If you listen very carefully, you can hear the sounds of the actual building process taped during a tour of the St. Louis plant and see a 1972 and 1973 Corvette on display as though they were moving through the assembly process.