Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a Visit

Directions, parking, cost, hours - all the information you need to begin your trip to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Tour the Museum

Newly renovated with interactive exhibits and reinvented galleries, the museum offers self-guided, guided, and group tour options.

The Collection

With over 25,000 objects in our collection, we tell the story of an exciting and historic sport and the people who play it best. 

Support

A contribution to the ITHF is one of the most powerful ways to support your sport! Enroll in the Advantage Program and receive year-round benefits, make a donation, or purchase a brick or seat on the ITHF grounds!

 

Photography and Information

Looking for a particular image or information on your favorite player? We have a has a vast collection of resources onsite and in our archives.

Play Tennis

Play on the historic grass courts at the Hall of Fame Tennis Club.  Adult and junior clinics, weekly social functions, and access to USPTA teaching professionals.

Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

Top ATP World Tour pros head to Newport in July to compete on the grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Enshrinement Weekend

Be a part of the celebration when the highest honor in tennis is presented to great champions of the sport and successful industry leaders.

Hall of Famers

The International Tennis Hall of Fame celebrates the careers of all inductees, from triumphs to defeats, and preserves the memories of those who have passed.

Planning Your Visit

How do I get to the International Tennis Hall of Fame?
Practice!  Or click here for Directions

Does the International Tennis Hall of Fame have a parking lot?
No.  Street parking is available and the Bellevue Gardens parking lot is across the street from the main entrance, however we do not validate. Parking is available at the Visitor Information Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI.  The RIPTA trolley (#67-yellow line) leaves every 20 minutes from the Visitors Center and stops at the Hall of Fame’s entrance.  Fare is $2 each way. Save your museum receipt for discounted parking.

What are the hours of operation?
We are open year-round and visitors are welcome from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  July - Labor Day our hours are extended until 6:00 pm. During the winter months; January, February and March only, we will be closed to visitors on Tuesdays, with the exception of one Tuesday in February during Newports Annual Winter Festival.
Last Admission to the museum is always 30 minutes prior to close and galleries are subject to last minute changes and closings.
CLICK HERE to see a complete list of our operational hours & closings.  

Is the museum open to visitors during the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships?
The museum is open, but only to tournament ticket holders.
All guests will need a tournament ticket to access the site during tournament dates.  
CLICK HERE for Tournament Tickets & Information 

What is the cost of Admission?
Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military or students with ID.  Kids 16 & Under are free!  Click here for more information and special discounts.  Group tours for 20 or more may be arranged by calling the Tour Coordinator at (401) 849-3990. Special group discount rates are available. Ticketed events, films, and performances may require an additional fee. 

Is there an Advantage Program discount for admission?

Yes! Admission to the museum is FREE for Advantage Program participants. Learn more about the Advantage Program and benefits.

When is the ITHF Store open?

During regular business hours. Advantage Program participants always save 15% or more on all retail purchases. Shop online today.

Do I need an admission ticket to tour the grounds?
No, the grounds are available to view for free during museum open hours.

Are baby strollers and bags permitted in the Museum?
No, strollers are not permitted throughout the Museum. Visitors are asked to leave their backpacks, large bags and tennis racquets on the ground floor of the Welcome Center.

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is ADA compliant.  The Museum is located on the second floor, however elevator access is available.  

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About the Collection

How large is the Museum and its collections?
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving the history of the sport of tennis, played by millions of people around the world. With over 25,000 objects, extensive photographic and audiovisual collections, and 243 Hall of Famers, we tell the story of an exciting and historic sport and the people who play it best. The museum in housed in the historic Newport Casino building and sits on a 7 acre site.

Why are some objects not on exhibition?
Some objects are not on exhibition because they are too fragile to be exposed to light and different temperatures, some are not on display because they don’t fit into the narrative that the Museum is trying to tell at the moment, and some are not on display because we think that they have been on display for too long, and we want to give them a rest. We also try to keep exhibits new and exciting for our visitors.

What is meant by the term “temporary exhibition”?
Every year, the Museum puts on a new exhibit about a different facet of tennis history. Previous exhibits have had topics like Tennis and the Titanic, Hollywood, and photography. These exhibits draw from the Museum’s permanent collection as well as loaned items, and are typically on view for a year. There is also a display in the museum of recently acquired items that is changed out several times a year.

What are the current special exhibitions at the Museum?
Our temporary exhibit, “Tennis at the Newport Casino" is a celebration of the many different tournaments played here in Newport. Featuring pictures and objects from the permanent collection, the exhibit takes the viewer through the various tennis tournaments from the U.S. National Championships starting in 1881 to the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships today.

Can you tell me the value of something that I own?
The staff of the Museum are unable to provide values for objects, but are able to provide a list of appraisers who may be able to help. Email research@tennisfame.com to get the name of an appraiser.

How can I donate something to the Museum?
The museum has limited space, and can only take the items that we can store and display. In order to discuss donation, please contact Nicole Markham, our Curator of Collections at markham@tennisfame.com or at (401) 849-3990.

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Advantage Program and Donations

How do I participate in the Advantage Program?
Enroll online. Questions? Please contact the  Lauren Duffy, Annual Giving & Donor Relations Manager at lduffy@tennisfame.com or (401) 324-4074.

What are the benefits of joining the Advantage Program?
All Advantage Program participants receive FREE museum admission with an audio tour year-round and 15% discount or more at ITHF retail locations and Brooks Brothers. In addition, there are many benefits for the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Hope including ticket discounts, free admission to family weekend and qualifying rounds, and access to first-in-line status at autograph signings. Advantage Program participants also have access to a complimentary Smithsonian Membership, click here for a list of these benefits. Each level of the Advantage Program offers unique benefits. Learn more.

How do I make a donation to the International Tennis Hall of Fame?
You may make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation online or mail a check made payable to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. For questions or to give over the phone, please contact Lauren Duffy, Annual Giving & Donor Relations Manager at lduffy@tennisfame.com or (401) 324-4074.

I am an Advantage Program participant and/or donor. How can I change or update my contact information?
Please send all contact information updates to Chenna Dearaujo-Desir, Database Manager at cdearaujo-desir@tennisfame.com or (401) 324-4073.

Can I purchase an Advantage Program as a gift?
Absolutely! A gift to the Advantage Program is a great birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, or holiday gifts for family, friends, and/or business associates. You can purchase the gift online here. For any questions or more information, please contact Lauren Duffy, Annual Giving & Donor Relations Manager at lduffy@tennisfame.com or (401) 324-4074.

How can I find out if my company matches the contributions that I make to the ITHF? 
By visiting your Human Resources department and requesting a matching gift form. Your company's matching gift form will provide full information on eligibility and program limitations.

Can I make a contribution in honor or in memory of someone?
Yes. On the donation form, you can indicate that this gift is in honor or in memory of someone special. You can even request that the special someone be notified of your gift. Make a donation today.

There are also a number of naming opportunities on the ITHF grounds. You can purchase a brick on The Legends Walk or Name a Seat in the Tom and Mary James South Grandstand. For questions or more information, please contact Lauren Duffy, Annual Giving & Donor Relations Manager at lduffy@tennisfame.com or (401) 324 – 4074.

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Tour the Museum

Are guided tours offered?
June - August museum-trained docents lead public tours each day at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm (included with museum admission).  Private guided tours may be scheduled in advance, contact Mike Canaan for more information.

How do I arrange for a group tour to the Museum?
Discounted rates are available for groups over 20; all guided and self-guided groups must make advance reservations for visits. Contact Mike Canaan for more information (401) 849-3990

Does the Museum offer audio tours?
Yes. A self-guided audio tour of the Museum is available, covering highlights from the collection, and is interspersed throughout with commentary from our Hall of Famers. The audio guides are available at the Admissions Desk. Cost: $3.00. Free for Advantage Program participants.

Are audio tours offered in languages other than English?
Currently, audio tours are only available in Engligh.  Fact sheets are available in 12  languages and include information about the site, historic Newport Casino, the history of tennis, including interesting facts and anecdotes. 
Currently offered in English, Chinese, Swedish, French, German, Czech, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, and Spanish. Fact Sheets are available at the Admissions Desk or by clicking here to download. 

What programs does the Museum offer for children?
The interactive displays and exhibits are designed to make the museum experience fun and educational for young visitors.  From a touch-screen table where kids can "volley" tennis trivia to each other, to The Roger Federer Experience where they are welcomed to the International Tennis Hall of Fame by a hologram of tennis superstar Roger Federer, the museum provides a unique adventure into the world of tennis for kids of all ages. 

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Photography and Information Requests

What is the International Research Center hours, and do I need an appointment to visit?
The Hall of Fame’s Information Research Center (IRC) is a comprehensive tennis library and archive devoted to the history of tennis and its great players, the social growth of Newport Society, and the architectural designs of the Newport Casino, a National Historic Landmark.
Patrons are encouraged to visit and use any of these resources between the hours of 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday-Friday (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days).  For reservations, contact Meredith Richards at (401) 849-3990 Click here to learn more about the IRC.

Is photography or videography permitted in the Museum?
Photography is permitted in  the museum as long as there is no flash and it is not disturbing to other patrons. Make sure to tag us on Instagram or Facebook!

Is wedding photography permitted in the Museum?
We currently do not permit wedding photography in the Museum during public hours. You're welcome to shoot outside on the grounds and Horseshoe Piazza. There's no fee for exterior photography, but we do ask that you notify us in advance. Interior photography can be arranged in conjunction with a wedding booked on our premises.

Is commercial photography or filming permitted at the Museum?
Commercial photography or filming projects are permitted at the Museum if planned and approved in advance. Please contact our Marketing Department (401) 849-3990 or newport@tennisfame.com with your proposal. All commercial projects must be approved by the Museum in writing.

Who do I contact regarding taking photos of works in the Museum's collections?
If you need images for publication, personal use or study purposes, please contact Anne Marie McLaughlin, Director of Marketing and Communications, 401-849-3990

Can I volunteer at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities Call (401) 849-3990 for more information.

Are internships available?
Yes.  We offer internships in various departments during the Fall & Spring Semesters and Summer season. Please click email newport@tennisfame.com for more information.

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