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Wacky Texas Museums

Texas is known for many things:  BBQ, cowboys, the “Texas twang” to their accents. Here are some of the less known, strange museums that are all over Texas. 

International Bowling Museum

This museum celebrates the sport of bowling, located in Arlington, Texas. With one of a kind bowling artifacts, this museum celebrates bowling throughout the ages.  One of the most popular sports in the world today, bowling has roots tracing back to the ancient Egyptians. Exhibits include the earliest inventors of bowling, the people who helped make bowling become popular, and various bowling competitions and champions over the years. Life sized replicas for the kids of various interactive bowling games, training at the Olympics, and the future of bowling are also represented.  Various hall of famers and heroes of Arlington and the Texas bowling culture are also celebrated.  – www.bowlingmuseum.com

National Museum of Funeral History

Typically, when one thinks of funerals, we tend to steer away from the topic.  But this museum, located in Houston, celebrates the culture of funerals. This museum has the country’s largest array of funerary items, and takes a look at one of the world’s oldest custom.  Exhibits include a history of embalming, coffin and casket evolution, presidential and pope death exhibits, funerals in other countries including Japan, and the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.  Founded in 1992, the Museum offers 35,000 square feet of exhibition space.  - http://www.nmfh.org

Dr. Pepper Museum

Celebrating the history and evolution of the popular soft drink Dr. Pepper, this museum is located in the original brewing plant of Dr. Pepper in Waco, Texas.  Guests can learn about the evolution of Dr. Pepper by looking at various bottlecaps of the past, and other Dr. Pepper objects from collectors. The first floor takes you through the early years of Dr. Pepper, until the 1920’s.  The second floor houses a 1924 Dr. Pepper pickup truck, and the atmosphere of this floor resembles a general store of the 1930’s. We skip to 2008 on the third floor, exhibiting the W.W. Foots Clements company and their addition to the Dr. Pepper family. Other temporary exhibits on soft drinks and the industry, and collections of other 100,000 vintage Dr. Pepper items are housed in the museum.  The goal is to teach others about the free enterprise economic system, and to encourage that in children today.  Groups of children can learn about advertising and the soft drink industry in a fun environment.  - http://www.drpeppermuseum.com/

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