The museum showcases more of the collection than ever before. Nearly 2000 objects are displayed from the International Tennis Hall of Fame's collection of more than 25,000 artifacts and hundreds of thousands of images, videos, and publications. Highly interactive, completely redesigned, and now showcasing more of the collection than ever before, the new museum offers a comprehensive and intriguing narrative of tennis history in an engaging manner.
Dating to the 12th century and constantly evolving today, tennis has a storied history rooted in inspirational champions, impactful leaders, and great moments that have influenced history, on and off the court. The Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame shares the narrative of tennis history from its origins through present day. It is split into three areas, The Birth of Tennis (1874 – 1918); The Popular Game (1918 – 1968); and The Open Era (1968 – Present). Read more.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is set in the Newport Casino, a beautiful facility that dates to 1880 and has an interesting history in tennis and in Newport.
An Interactive Experience
Interactive, educational experiences abound throughout the museum. Tennis fans can test their knowledge of the sport on a five-foot touch table at which they can "serve" tennis trivia questions back and forth to each other in a fun game. The "Call the Match" exhibit offers visitors the chance to record themselves taking on the role of broadcast luminaries. Read more.
Champions and Leaders
The museum tells the story of tennis history through the lives of our Hall of Famers. Each item displayed that is connected to a particular Hall of Famer is labeled as such, with more information about their life and career, like the Rene Lacoste jacket above.
The Art of Tennis
From Maria Bueno's grace on court to Roger Federer's elegant shot making, it's not uncommon for tennis to be recognized for its beautiful, art-like nature. As such, the sport has served as an inspiration for a variety of artists, and a range of tennis-inspired art is shown throughout the museum.
A highlight of the museum is a holographic theatre in which visitors feel as though they are in the room with Roger Federer, one of the sport's all-time greatest champions. "It was an honor to be asked to be the hologram at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and I was quite happy to take on the project," commented Federer. "I've always had an interest in the history of our sport and I believe we've been fortunate to be able to learn from and build on that history. The Hall of Fame does a tremendous job of preserving our sport's history and celebrating it with the world."