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International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame

When you go to an art museum, do you get to paint? When you tour an aerospace museum, do they fly you to the moon? No, and no. So when you go the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, do you bowl? Hell, yeah! Your $7.50 admission ($7 for ages 66 and up; $6 for kids 16 and under) buys you four free frames in this dare-we-say quirky museum's basement. You and your out-of-towners will also learn how "lane walkers" work, and why bowling alleys use pine and maple for their lanes. Upstairs the museum's floors are given over to the fascinating places held by priests, dwarves, immigrants, outlaws and kings in bowling's history, not to mention an accounting of the sport's own "civil war." Bowling aficionados will delight in poring over the memorabilia in the Hall of Fame, but nonbowlers should be tickled, too, as there are plenty of little surprises here, including a splendid collection of nineteenth-century bowling-themed beer steins made by Villeroy & Boch.

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