Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

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For a sporting venue known for its strict adherence to tradition, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is impressively futuristic, with its 3D cinema explaining the science of the game and a holographic John McEnroe (yes, seriously) roaming the dressing room. Interviews with players are broadcast on TV screens and an interactive area allows visitors to handle racquets, feel the weight of a trophy and test their reaction skills in simulation games. The Museum's latest addition is a new display area containing the famous Gentlemen’s and ladies' singles trophies, which can be viewed in the round, as well as the Doubles trophies, the runners-up salvers and examples of the miniature trophies presented to the players.

Tracing the history of lawn tennis, there is memorabilia dating as far back as 1555, while new additions to the collection include outfits worn in the 2011 Championships by winners Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova and an exhibition dedicated to Fred Perry. At the centre of the show are the famous Championship trophies, as held aloft by the game’s greatest players. There is also a display dedicated to a proud Wimbledon tradition, the queue. You can go on behind-the-scenes tours of the grounds and facilities and get a 360° view of the arena from a special viewing platform.

Venue name: Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Address: Church Rd
SW19 5AE
Opening hours: 10am-5pm (last admission) daily (during the championships the museum is open to tournament ticket holders only).
Transport: Tube: Southfields
Price: £12, £10 concs, £7 children incl audio guide; mus & tour £22, £19 concs, £13 children
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Sarah Francis

A brilliant day out for any tennis fan. The museum is really interesting, modern and interactive. When we did the tour of the grounds it felt really special and of course quintessentially British. Brilliant. a few hours there then a drink in Wimbledon Village. Doesn't get much better than that.