History of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
The interesting history behind this amazing museum belongs to the great contributions of late Tom Todd, who started collecting tennis stuff, prints and figures in traditional shops, scrap, and knick-knack places. In 1972, Todd took an initiative to disclose his unique collection to the external world and arranged a small exhibition in Leamington Spa for the anniversary of the founding of the world's first lawn tennis club at the town's Manor House Hotel. Augurio Perera, a Spanish businessman and a real tennis player, and Harry Gem, a Birmingham solicitor, were the originators of the club.
Collections to See in the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum holds over 15,000 objects, including:
- Trophies and Medals: Range of cups, plates, medals and prizes drawn during the tournament.
- Fashion: Costumes and textiles, charting the development of tennis dress.
- Tennis Equipment: Complete selection of artifacts from the very earliest rackets to the latest racket design.
- Jewelry: Accessories for men and the feminine adornments with a tennis motif.
- Player Memorabilia: Personal collections of equipment, dress and archive material relating to Wimbledon champions and pioneer players.
- Decorative Art: Unique collection of tennis-themed ceramics, glass and metalwork.
- Fine Art: Outstanding collected works of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, together with cartoons, photographs and prints on the subject of tennis.
- Toys: Diverse mix of tennis-inspired dolls, action figures, soft toys and board games.
- Olympics: Medals, programmes, clothing and archive material linked with the history of tennis within the Olympic movement.
- Ephemera: An extensive collection of ephemera, including advertisements, packaging, tickets and programmes.
Tickets and Entry
The entry in Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is free for under 5s. The charge of a ticket for an adult entry is £10.00 per head. However, a concession of £8.75 is offered for senior citizens (aged 60 and over), students with a valid student card and the unemployed. The costs applied to age range of 5 to 16 years old children is £5.50.
However, if you want to take a tour of the museum along with entry, then the charges will be different. The adults are charged £18.00 per visit plus tour of the museum. Again, £15.75 concession is offered for senior citizens, students and the unemployed. Museum & Tour fee for a child is £13.00 only.
Operational Hours of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum remains open throughout the year, daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The last admission into the museum is 4:30 pm. However, the museum remains closed during the week of The Championships to non-ticket holders.
How to Contact Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
For any enquiries, you can contact the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum by:
Fax: +44 20 8947 8752
Location of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE, United Kingdom.
How to get to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Southfield is the nearest tube station to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum as it is just 0.9 miles by walk and takes hardly 18 minutes to reach there. Once you reach this tube station, head southwest on Wimbledon Park Rd towards Gartmoor Gardens and continue onto Church Ln. Now, turn right and find your destination on your right hand-side. View Map
Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Tennis Club & Museum (Stop A) is only 0.1 mile away from the museum. Get into bus number 493 to reach this venue and go by walk from here onwards as it takes hardly 3 minutes. Head southeast on Church Ln from the bus stop. Continue on Church Ln and turn right at 377 feet distance to find the museum on your right side.