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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Church Road, Wimbledon, London, England
Established in 1977 and significantly revamped in 2006, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum has since grown into one of the world’s most important collections of tennis artifacts and resources. Items on display date as far back as the 16th century and include everything from historical rackets to items donated by world-famous players. A number of interactive displays, including a virtual-reality experience, are also offered. Visitors can purchase museum entry (which includes a 10-minute tour of Centre Court) or upgrade to a combination museum entry-and-tour package, which also includes an in-depth, 90-minute guided tour.
Admission can be booked in person or online. The museum is also conveniently included in the London Pass and iVenture Card plans.
Things to Know Before You Go
Free audio guides are available in 10 languages.
The museum is fully accessible for visitors with limited mobility. Guide dogs are also permitted, and audio induction loops are available as well.
In addition to its permanent collection, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum hosts occasional temporary exhibitions.
How to Get There
Via Tube, take the District line to Southfields Station, after which it’s a quick journey on bus 493 or a roughly 15-minute walk to the museum. Alternatively, Wimbledon Station, located slightly farther afield, is served by the District line, Tramlink, and several National Rail services. The museum can also be visited by taxi or by car (though there is very limited parking available on-site).
When to Get There
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is open daily 10am–5pm; last admission is at 4:30pm. The museum is closed December 24–26 and January 1. During the annual Wimbledon Tournament, held roughly during the first two weeks of July, the museum is only accessible to tournament ticket holders.
The museum features a wide range of collection highlights. From Andy Murray’s 2012 Olympic outfit to “the ghost of John McEnroe,” from Victorian-era tennis invitations to a range of trophies, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is packed with must-see memorabilia.
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