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International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum

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Address: 194 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840-3515
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+1 401-849-3990
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Beginning January 1, 2015, the Hall of Fame Museum and Grounds is...

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Hall of Fame Museum and Grounds is completely closed to the public for renovations. PLEASE JOIN US MAY 20, 2015 TO VISIT OUR BRAND NEW STATE OF THE ART MUSEUM!

Built in 1880 by the architectural firm, McKim, Mead & White, the Museum galleries chronicle the rich history of tennis through interactive exhibits, dynamic videos and popular memorabilia from historic champions and the superstars of today. Dramatically set in the original club rooms of the Casino, visitors of all ages delight in Stanford White's architectural detail as well as the state-of-the-art gallery experience. In the Woolard Family Enshrinement Gallery plaques commemorate the great players, coaches, administrators and writers that have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. There are 235 Hall of Famers, representing 20 countries. In 1986, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the governing body of tennis, officially recognized the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum as the sport's official Hall of Fame. The property today is now 6 acres and consists of the Newport Casino, 13 grass courts, 1 clay court, an indoor tennis facility, the Court Tennis facility, a grandstand and a historic 297-seat theatre. In July, the venue annually hosts the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the Van Alen Cup, the only ATP professional grass court tournament in the Americas. These are the only professional grass courts that are open to the public for play.

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If You Like Tennis!

I took my son who is a tennis play - it was interesting and I did enjoy it. I love the history - lots of great information and photos! Enjoy!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my son who is a tennis play - it was interesting and I did enjoy it. I love the history - lots of great information and photos! Enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Step back in time and watch tennis players in old fashioned attire play with wooden racquets on the lush lawns of the Newport Casino as you enter the magnificent grounds. Spend at least two hours in the immaculate, stimulating and educational Tennis Hall of Fame Museum and learn even more than you thought possible of the global sport of tennis.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

I love tennis and was interested in visiting. The building is beautiful....not unusual in Newport! The collection is interesting tennis memorabilia and a fun hologram starring Federer. I'm sure it's fun to see in season when the courts are in use. One must be a tennis fan to enjoy this one!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

I don't know anything about Tennis. But I do know that there could not have been a more appropriate location for the greatest and oldest music festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, to pass the baton of leadership from George Wein to Christian McBride, than at this historic Newport landmark. I knew when I walked in that I was going to... More 

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Cohasset, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

If you are enamored by the game and history, this charming museum will delight you. Total time to wander the exhibits will take about an hour, although one could certainly spend much more time here if desired. We arrived at 10 minutes to 2pm (not realizing a 2pm closing time) and the staff could not be more welcoming, allowing us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

What a wonderful venue. Grass courts, museum, lovely grounds. You don't need to be a tennis fan to enjoy a visit here - but you'll likely have more appreciation for the courts, intimate stadium, and artifacts and pictorials. I enjoy the chronological history of The Game. And yet another integral part of Newport as the summer retreat for the particularly... More 

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New Albany, Indiana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Came here with my kids to see the new renovations. It seems like the museum is leaning away from history and leaning towards technology. I understand that, but it was very disappointing that many of this new technology didn't even work. From the moment we walked into the first gallery, the screens were frozen. We played the touch table game... More 

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Bottom Line: Great place to spend a little time if you are in the area. Details: We visited during Thanksgiving weekend but the weather was on the chilly side so the place was pretty empty. We didn't go to the museum itself so I can't vouch for that portion of the facilities. The grounds were nicely kept and maintained and... More 

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

If you know anything about tennis, you'll enjoy the Tennis HOF. There's lots of history and information. The Casino is a beautiful edifice rich in architectural detail. It would be great to see the summer tournament played on grass. Here as in all of Newport, parking is an issue.

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Lake Worth, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Came here with my wife a year ago and we are both tennis fans, so we had to do this. So glad we went. Very interesting exhibits and a lot of great information. Be sure to pull out the drawers under the window exhibits as there are a lot of artifacts in those drawers. The outside grounds are beautiful and... More 

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