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ARLINGTON, Texas – The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (IBMHOF) is providing fans of bowling – and history – a way to experience the sport from anywhere in the world through an online collection of the many great items in the museum’s vast inventory. is the gateway to the Bowling Virtual Vault, which features many of the historic items on display at the museum in Arlington, plus additional collections the museum is not able to display year-round because of space constraints.

“The Bowling Virtual Vault provides access to great memorabilia, and visitors also will learn about the greatest players, teams, moments and so much more about bowling’s history,” said Mike Aulby, president/chairman of the IBMHOF Board of Trustees. “It’s a fantastic way for those who might not be able to visit the museum to see our outstanding collections. It is a fun and engaging look at bowling for even the most casual fans of the sport.”

Some of the collections include bowling fashion, featuring an assortment of vintage bowling balls, bags, shoes and shirts, plus bowling toys and games, bowling stars in the 20th century, and bowling collectables.

The Celebrities Go Bowling section showcases not only movie and television stars, but also presidents, and a collection of bowling-themed beer steins are part of the Bowling Virtual Vault’s vast mix of collections.

Sharing collections through online databases has become more popular among museums seeking to expand their reach and the IBMHOF sees the Bowling Virtual Vault as another way to bring the sport’s history to a global audience.

The IBMHOF is a Blue Star Museum, a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums throughout the United States. Visit to learn more about the IBMHOF and how you can become a member.

Visit for the Bowling Virtual Vault.

About the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, collects, preserves and exhibits the 5,000-year history of the worldwide sport of bowling, and features rare photos and vintage film clips to tell the stories of bowling’s hall-of-fame members. Visit to learn more.

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