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. 

Membership and Donations

Love your experience here? Then become a member! Members receive year-round benefits and donations enable our doors to stay open for all to enjoy the sport we love.

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 a Member discount for admission?
Yes!  Admission to the museum is FREE to Members.  Click here to learn more about our Membership program and benefits.

When is the ITHF Store open?
During regular business hours. International Tennis Hall of Fame members always save 15% on all retail purchases.  Click here to shop online.

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 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 or at (401) 849-3990.

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Membership and Donations

How do I become a Member?
Click here to sign up online. For any questions or issues, please contact the Membership Department at (401) 849-3990.

What are the benefits of becoming a Member?
All members received FREE museum admission with an audio tour year-round, 15% discounts at ITHF retail locations, Brooks Brothers and, and many benefits for the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships including ticket discounts, free admission to family weekend and qualifying rounds, and access to first-in-line status at autograph signings. Click here to learn more about the different levels of membership and their benefits.

How do I make a donation to the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum?
You may make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation here or by mailing a check made payable to the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. For questions or to give over the phone, please call (401) 849-3990.

I am a current Member and/or donor. How can I change or update my contact information?
Please send all contact information updates to or call (401) 849-3990.

Can I give a Membership as a gift?
Absolutely! Memberships make great birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, or holiday gifts for family, friends, and/or business associates. Gifts of Membership can be purchased online, here. For any questions or more information, please contact the Membership Department at (401) 849-3990.

How can I find out if my company matches the contributions that I make to the Museum? 
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 someone special be notified of your gift. Click here to make a donation in honor or in memory of someone today!

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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.  ITHF Members Free; Non-members $3.00

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 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 for more information.

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