Smithsonian Misses Another Opportunity

Smithsonian Misses Another Opportunity
Artist’s concept

After 25 years, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is leaving St. Louis, Missouri. Is it moving to the vacant Smithsonian museum on the National Mall, the Arts and Industry Building? No. It is going to Arlington, Texas, just like the Washington Senators baseball team did.

The Bowling Museum is currently located near the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium, and is understandably fleeing St. Louis before the coming Belgian invasion, when InBev assumes ownership of Anheuser-Busch. Maybe the museum can use the Clydesdale-drawn Budwesier wagon as a moving van.

The Smithsonian already missed the chance to snap up the collection of the famed Elvis is Alive Museum and Laundromat and install it on the Mall, and has now scored a big turkey-egg with the Bowling Museum. Sure, the Arts and Industries building needs $65 million for renovations, but if every U.S. bowler kicked in a buck or two, they could have had that in cash.  

And if the Smithsonian installed a couple of lanes, a decent juke box, and bar with cold beer, they could keep the museum open 24/7, coining money ’round the clock, even without League Night. Instead, the Smithsonian rolled another gutter ball.


Image by Mike Licht, who took bowling as a college gym course (B; one credit). Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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