The Top Sporting Museum in the World at Wimbledon
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“As one of the top attractions in London, the award winning Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum provides visitors from around the world with the opportunity to view items of immense historical importance, with some exhibits dating from the 1550s.”
When I think Wimbledon, my mind automatically associates strawberries and cream, a flute of champagne and perinneal ryegrass. A prestigious tennis tournament, perhaps the most in the world, and a sporting event people flock to from all sides of the world. Over and above the yearly tennis tournament held in the summer of months of June/July it also hosts a Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.
The Museum has invested heavily in interactive technology and will include a thrilling new Virtual Reality Experience that is being launched prior to the 2016 Championships. Visitors donning the VR headsets will be immersed in the drama of Wimbledon and become a virtual part of the matches that made history – from the genius of John McEnroe to the remorseless power of legends such as Pete Sampras and Martina Navratilova. Wearing the HTC Vive VE headsets will be just like experiencing the Championships as though you were there.
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum Highlights
- John McEnroe ‘live’ in a reconstruction of the 1980’s Gentlemen’s Dressing Room.
- Tennis fashion – from long white skirts and flannel trousers to the contemporary style of Serena and Venus Williams.
- The renowned Wimbledon Championships’ trophies.
One of the most popular attractions is the Tour (available in 19 languages), a behind-the-scenes look at the most prestigious tennis grounds in the world, lasting one hour and revealing areas normally unseen by the public. Visitors will gain unique views of London’s skyline from the top of the Aorangi Terrace (aka ‘Henman Hill’) and go inside the Millennium Building to see the players’ reception, as well as the Main Interview Room where post-match interviews take place. The Tour also takes in No 1 Court – which will be modified due to the construction of a new roof – and also the Members’ Enclosure, for a great view of No.2 and No.3 Courts.
By the time of the Wimbledon 2016 Championships, new features will also be added to the Tour including never before seen locations such as the Broadcast Centre to explain how match scores make their way from Centre Court to TV. A brand new Wimbledon sculpture, due to opened by HRH The Duke of Kent; the Press Writers’ room and guests can finish off their tour in Centre Court in front of the Royal Box!
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is delighted to announce the arrival of its exciting new exhibition, Reinventing the Racket, which opened in March 2016. This fun-packed showcase highlights the Museum’s most iconic and unusual rackets, featuring the old, the new and the entirely unique.
The Museum has collected rackets used by the great players of the 20th Century and also those more recently developed such as a Babolat racket featuring connected technology to measure speed and power.
Please note booking is essential! For up-to-date information or to book visit www.wimbledon.com / museum or call +44 (0)20 8946
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