Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum in London
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is the largest tennis museum in the world. The museum was inaugurated at The Championships centenary event in 1977. On the 12 April 2006, HRH The Duke of Kent declared the brand new Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum open to the public inside the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. This museum has exhibits and artefacts dating back to 1955 as well as touch screen computer consoles for visitors to interact with. Memorabilia from many famous players from Victorian times up to present day are included in several different exhibits, which change seasonally. The Museum also has a viewing platform called CentreCourt360 allowing guests to sample the atmosphere of Centre Court, except for the period around The Championships. Guided tours are also available which take visitors behind the scenes of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and includes admission into the Museum. Audio guides are available in 8 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Russian. WLTM is opened year round to the public except during The Championships week where entry is possible for tournament ticket holders only.
The Museum’s cinema features a 200 degree screen which is currently showing a film about the science of tennis. Filming took place during the 2005 Championships on Centre Court of Russia's Maria Sharapova against Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives. The film focuses on 20 different aspects of the match and showed viewers how players' bodies and equipment are affected during the course of a match.
John McEnroe's Ghost: Through new projection and filming technology, the museum has created a ghost-like-image to take you on a tour of the normally off-limits area. McEnroe reminisces about the dressing room, including how he first met Jimmy Connors and how he would emotionally prepare himself for matches.
The Whites of Wimbledon: There is an extensive collection of past and present fashions of Wimbledon attire. Everything from outfits worn in the 1880s to Rafael Nadal's dri-fit 'pirate' trousers are on display. There is also an interactive exhibit where you can feel the weight difference between male and female clothing in 1884.
Technology: Interactive touch screen consoles are evenly distributed throughout the Museum hallways. Other features include the 'Get a Grip' rotating wheel of rackets; 'The Reactor' game and an archive of great past Championship matches.
CentreCourt360: CC360 is a viewing platform for museum guests to experience Centre Court. There are touch screen computers inside the platform that offer information in 8 different languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian.
Led by London’s Blue Badge Guides, Guided Tours take visitors around the Grounds of The All England Lawn Tennis Club. Tours include access to Court No.1, the Press Interview Room, the players’ restaurant & terrace, and Centre Court. Tours last about 90 minutes and include the price of museum admissions.
The Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library
Available to visitors by appointment, the Kenneth Ritchie Wimbledon Library is home to a collection of books, periodicals, videos, and DVD’s relating to tennis. The library is the largest tennis library in the world.
Wimbledon Shop at the Museum
The Wimbledon Shop is at the entrance of the Museum and is entry free. Items for sale include tennis and casual clothing, towelling goods, sport bags, DVD’s, books, jewellery, rackets, souvenirs, and tennis accessories. There is an online Wimbledon shop that has also has a wide range of merchandise.
The Wimbledon Museum is inside the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. To access The Museum, guests must enter through Gate 4 of the club.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm where the last entrance into the Museum is at 4:30. The Museum is closed during the week of The Championships to non-ticket holders.
Museum & Tour
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