The National Corvette Museum (NCM) is planning to expand its facilities with a reimagined, 2,000-square-foot dedicated education gallery, the museum announced.
The new space, tentatively scheduled to open in late 2022/early 2023, will allow the NCM to provide a state-of-the-art educational experience geared directly to the next generation of Corvette enthusiasts, engineers, designers and more, museum officials said.
“The new education gallery will be designed for both children and adults to enjoy, featuring artifacts and interactive technology celebrating the unique story of Corvette,” said Deb Howard, museum educator. “The new space will not only serve guests visiting from out of town with youth-centric content for families to enjoy, but it will also serve as a space to engage our local community schools with standards-based STREAM education, learning opportunities and new educational programming.”
Plans are being created by Sewell and Sewell Architects, and the gallery is being constructed by Scott, Murphy & Daniel. Tapped to assist in the design of the space is Tom Peters, former director of exterior design for the GM Performance Car Studio and 2019 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductee. The General Motors Technical Center is the inspiration for the overall design theme of the updated gallery, the designers said.
This project is made possible by donors Tim and Melanie McMichael of Gypsum, Colorado, the museum said. “It has always been our dream to be a part of an educational experience that could spark a fire or be the catalyst for a child to see that it is possible for them to do or be anything in the world – from an astronaut, to a doctor, to a car designer,” said Tim McMichael.
“A children’s education gallery will provide a different lens for children to view how a car works and possibly change the way they think and, even further, instill in them a passion that will push them to do something amazing with their lives,” added Melane McMichael.
“Whether we are teaching our youngest visitors on a student field trip or welcoming motorcoaches full of tourists from states away, the goal of the National Corvette Museum is to inspire our guests and leave them wanting to know more,” said Sharon Brawner, president and CEO of the NCM. “This new gallery will educate, engage, and entertain our guests, and we thank Tim and Melanie McMichael for their generosity in helping us realize this vision.”
Construction on the education gallery is set to begin in late May.