The Museum, set within Centre Court, chronicles the game of lawn tennis from its origins in the 1870s to the present day. Highlights include a view of the world-famous Centre Court and the original Championships’ trophies. Watch video footage of great players in action and admire tennis memorabilia that dates back to 1555. Also available is an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the grounds at Wimbledon. Both individuals and pre-booked groups of 15 or more have the opportunity to explore the grounds of The Championships and enjoy sights such as Centre Court, No 1 Court, the Fred Parry Statue and the Press Interview Room.
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The original Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum was opened by H.R.H. The Duke of Kent in 1977 as part of the Centenary celebrations.
The construction of the Centre Court East Side Building in 1984/85 led to the design of a completely new Museum, in which more of the expanding collection is shown.
In 1995 H.R.H. The Duke of Kent consented to become Patron and during March, 1994 visited the Museum.
During the 1990’s, the galleries dealing with the years 1968 to the present day were subject to a major refurbishment and update.
Displays now include videos of matches and interactive exhibits, and provide better coverage of players from the 1980s onwards.
Most recently, more of the Museum’s expanding collection of contemporary player memorabilia has been put on show.
During 2001, the Museum extended southwards into one of the former International Press Writing Rooms.
An art gallery, showing a selection of original works from the Museum’s own collection, and a new audiovisual theatre opened in time for The Championships.
2014 was an exciting year for the Museum, with a major investment resulting in a much more attractive and interactive trophy area, which allows visitors to get even closer to the trophies than ever before, and which celebrates all of the Champions at the tournament since 1877. 2015 saw a major new poster exhibition in our Gallery area with classic poster design on display from the 1870s to present day.
In the special exhibition area, the costume gallery charts some of the radical changes that have occurred in just over a century to tennis clothes for women over the past 120 years.
In the children’s corner, younger visitors can see objects from the collections made especially with them in mind.
Since the Championships in 2016 and the building project to install a retractable roof over Court 1 we have extended the tour to include the IBM suite (where the statistics are generated before sharing with the broadcasters), the BBC TV Studio and the view from Broadcast Centre roof. In the museum we have added a new Virtual Reality Experience which takes visitors through the key moments in our history and the casre of the courts, before giving an amazing immersive experience of sitting in Central Court on the final days in 2016!
There are no TOURS running over Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Holders of tickets to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships will have access to the museum during the tournament other than the dates mentioned.
“Museum & Tour” prices include services of a Blue Badge Guide. Tours run daily and depart at specific times, usually once a day at 14.00 hours and twice a day in peak season at 12.00 and 14.30 hours. A reservation is essential.