National Corvette Museum Plans Sinkhole 'Thunderdome' Experience (PHOTOS)

May 12, 2015 06:22 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

Last year, a 25-foot sinkhole opened up below the Skydome section of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, swallowing eight important Corvettes in the process.

The hole became such a popular tourist attraction the museum considered keeping it open for visitors from around the world to check out. Ultimately they decided to close it up, but we've received word that a new exhibit is in the works to give people who missed out on seeing the sinkhole a chance to experience it. Sort of.

A smaller Skydome is being created by the museum as part of a new exhibit where visitors can walk through a simulated underground cave as the now infamous sinkhole "collapses."

"There will be digital effects and loud sounds as though the sinkhole is collapsing above you," said NCM Marketing and Communications Manager Katie Frassinelli to AutoWorldNews.

The "sensorama" room, or "Thunderdome" as it's been nicknamed, was created as part of a new exhibit to provide information about sinkholes and caves so visitors understand why the classic rides were swallowed.

The exhibit features displays explaining what happened on Feb. 12, 2014, the specific cars affected and how the hole was fixed.

"The goal is for the exhibit to be educational and tell the story of what happened, but also entertaining," Frassinelli added.

The exhibit also includes an interactive game where visitors can try retrieving the eight Corvettes and a kiosk that allows people to move a camera placed side the south side of the cave to get a unique look inside.

Attendance at the museum was through the roof last year, as the sinkhole helped attract a record 251,258 visitors to the museum, according to GM Authority.

The new exhibit is expected to be open sometime this fall.  

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