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International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame

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Address: 621 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX 76011
Phone Number: +1 817-385-8210
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Tue - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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The innovations of bowling unfold before your eyes through life-sized...

The innovations of bowling unfold before your eyes through life-sized replicas, touch-screen kiosks, film montages and interactive games. See the custom bike built by the Tuetel Family and featured on Orange County Choppers program. Talk to a 1920's pinboy with an attitude. See how bowling balls & pins are made. Play on a fully functioning small-ball bowling lane. We set 'em up and you knock 'em down.

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Fun little museum and HOF

Its no Cooperstown but its still nice. The history of bowling revealed - it was actually invented by the ancient Egyptians than modified by several Euro countries until America... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Its no Cooperstown but its still nice. The history of bowling revealed - it was actually invented by the ancient Egyptians than modified by several Euro countries until America perfected it. The museum is small but still a fun self-guided tour of something different. The gift shop has some unique stuff. You can knock this visit out in one hour... More 

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited the Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Boxing and RocknRoll Halls of Fame and I was glad to add the Bowling HOF to the list. It was like a trip down memory lane for the names I remember from watching bowling as a child. There was a good history section with a nice area showing how the equipment has... More 

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Thank Tmike1
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have any interest in bowling, you will find this a very interesting place. They go through the history of bowling from waaay back to recent times. They also show you about the construction of bowling balls which was very interesting. At the end, there is a mini bowling alley with 2 lanes where you can play a game... More 

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Thank CockatielLady
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Veterans get in free and there are some neat things to see on your journey through the history of bowling which goes back a lot further than you think!

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Thank Robert J
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

You don't have to be a bowling buff to enjoy this. They do give a discount if you are a USBC member. The tour gives a good history of bowling from ancient Egypt to the present. They also give you a chance to play some "island" bowling at the end of the tour. I'd highly recommend checking it out even... More 

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Thank Joe T
Kokomo, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

This well laid out museum is a hidden gem. Not only does one get history, but it also has "hands on" opportunities for the young and old. It was good to see videos and remember some of the highlights of the game and its legendary people. Loved the duck pin lanes towards the end. Thankful for the display of the... More 

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Thank Joyce H
Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

I found this museum on a buy one get one 1/2 off admission day. We are not bowlers but thought we would take a look anyway. It was really cool. Lots of hands on activities and informative exhibits. We learned some things we didn't know. A few things to us were boring because we are non bowlers - like the... More 

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Thank BELLADIANE5-3
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

This museum hasn't been here long, and doesn't get nearly enough attention. I wandered in one day with some extra time on my hands and really enjoyed the museum. If you have bowled, it's nice to learn the history of the sport. I also happened to be there during a women's collegiate tournament so stuck around for an extra hour... More 

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Thank Bard L
Jenks, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

We learned a lot about bowling history at the International Bowling Museum &Hall of Fame when visited last summer. The Many video and vintage bowling displays can entertain you for hours. Don't forget to ask for the bowler discount on admission.

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Thank duttontravel2015
Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

if you enjoy bowling, this was a fantastic piece of history, things i didn't know, and so many photos and interactive activities

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