We’ve never been that excited after visiting the International Bowling Museum. Maybe we should have been. It exhibits a car shaped like a bowling pin, and a dummy diorama of a King Henry VIII bowling, and a couple of recreated old-time alleys where visitors can bowl a few games. Hopefully it will still have those things — but not in St. Louis, Missouri. The museum will turn out its lights for good there on Saturday, November 8.
This closing has much to do with the Bowling Proprietors Association of America. It convinced both the museum and the United States Bowling Congress, headquartered in Milwaukee, to pack up and move to the Proprietors home city of Arlington, Texas. You heard right: bowling’s museum and its brain trust are leaving the cities of formerly-American-owned Bud and Miller beer, and relocating to cowgirl country. An article in the Lexington Herald-Leader insists that “the one-stop location figures to be convenient for bowlers.”
We’ve always appreciated bowling balls, especially when they’re used in functional design and high art. Any chance the outer walls of the new place could be made entirely from bowling balls? Probably not….
I really have no clue how bowling works and I’m not the best at it, but this place sounds really cool. I would love to visit this attraction. In the Adirondacks we barely have exciting bowling places, so something new and exciting would be great.
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