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“Lovely Museum!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum

International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
+1 401-849-3990
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Ranked #21 of 103 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Tennis
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Owner description: 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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“Lovely Museum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Loved the setting, the Fred Perry statue (I'm English) and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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“Tennis Buffs, enjoy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is a low key museum. We did not get the audio tour, which might have helped. There is a ton of history of tennis, but for some reason it didn't make a big impression on us. It was neat to see the clothing and shoes that the tennis greats wore. The grounds themselves are really impressive, and hopefully you'll get to see some people playing court tennis!

Visited September 2012
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“Tennis Anyone”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

I don't play tennis so it was okay. What was nice is just to see the grass tennis court and go into the restaurant. You only have to pay for lunch. If you are a tennis nut then buy a ticket and take the tour.

Visited August 2012
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Franklin, Wisconsin
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“A must see in Newport, even for those who are not into tennis.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Wonderful museum for tennis enthusiasts and very informative for the non-tennis enthusiasts as well. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. Also a great place to have lunch or snack even if you don't want to go to the museum. If you want to play tennis there, you need to reserve a court and wear your tennis whites. Kids 16 and under are free and AAA members get a discount. Parking across the street is free for an hour then you pay an hourly rate.

Visited August 2012
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“An amazing piece of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

I was most pleasantly surprised to find this historical and interesting venue. Such a unique character.

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