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Welcome to Wimbledon Museum

Wimbledon Museum has reopened following an extensive refurbishment and redesign.

Normal opening times are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2.30pm to 5pm.

FREE ENTRY.

 

Wimbledon Museum is a small, independent museum proud to champion the history and people of Wimbledon’s village, town and common.

In 1916, local people came together to conserve the treasures and share the stories that made Wimbledon special. They founded a museum and for more than 100 years, successive generations have championed and cherished our local history here. Restored and redesigned for the 21st century, Wimbledon Museum invites people to make new connections and deepen their understanding of the place we love.

From suffragettes to slave owners, a postman to a princess: find out about the people of Wimbledon’s past and help us tell the stories of Wimbledon’s present. Visit our museum and meet the characters who have shaped our communities.

The big museums present the treasures of the world. Linger a little in our museum and we’ll show you history on your doorstep – the village, the town, the common, who lived here and what mattered to them. If you wake up in Wimbledon or visit occasionally, if you grew up here or have just arrived, you’re part of that story too. Bring your associations, find new ones.

We’re making history here.

Where Town Meets Country

Our brand new animation takes you on a short journey through the history of Wimbledon, from the era of the manor houses to the transformative impact of the arrival of the railway and water mains.

The animation was made possible thanks to a generous grant from Merton Council. It was produced by Denhams Digital in collaboration with museum staff and interviews with local residents.

Behind that Door

2nd February to 24th March, open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 5pm.  Free entry.

This special exhibition explores the rich history of the Wimbledon Village Club and Lecture Hall building from its Victorian origins, intended to entice locals away from the pub towards more intellectual pursuits.

Over the years the building has witnessed a full spectrum of experiences, providing piety and sobriety, shelter and camaraderie, conviviality and revelry. Discover the captivating stories of those who have lived, learned, created and drunk within its walls!

Our Collections

Our treasured collections relate to life in Wimbledon from about 500,000 years ago right up to the present.

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Outside opening hours and by appointment, we are very happy to welcome members of the public who wish to consult our collections for research, have questions about the history of Wimbledon, would like to bring in items for identification or wish to offer items for the Collections.

To arrange an appointment or make an enquiry, please email: museumcollections@wimbledonsociety.org.uk

Please do not bring prospective donations to the Museum without making an appointment. 

What’s On

Zoolab Animal Encounters

Monday 12th February at 1pm & 2pm and Tuesday 13th February at 10am & 11am

Zoolab will return for some fantastic family animal encounter sessions. Get up close and hands on with real live exotic animals! Meet the likes of snakes, lizards and tarantulas and discover what other animals appear in the Wimbledon Museum collection.  For ages 4 to 11 (parent or carer must attend.)

Click here to see a video about Zoolab’s visit last year!

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Ask the experts

Sunday 25th February from 2:30 to 5pm

Do you have a burning question about local history? Come along to the museum and test the extensive knowledge of Chair of Local History Group Michael Norman Smith and his colleague Sheila Dunman.

Ballot ball machine

Object of the month

Wimbledon Village Club’s ‘blackballing’ ballot box is on display as part of our ‘Behind that Door’ Exhibition. The box made possible an early form of secret ballot. Each voter would cast a single ball, either black or white, into the box. The word ‘ballot’ comes from the Italian ballota, meaning little ball.

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School Visits

We currently offer two workshops for schools and home-schooled groups. We are developing more and may be able to offer a bespoke session or run an outreach session. 

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Children enjoying the activities in the children's corner of the museum

Activities and Outreach

Our activities and outreach programme for the academic year 2023-24 is supported by the Wimbledon Foundation and the Wimbledon Park Community Trust.

We have self-guided activities for children and families at the museum, and special workshops during school holidays.

For more information

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Group Visits

We can arrange special visits for groups of up to twenty people on Fridays.

We can also host evening visits by special arrangement with the Village Hall Trust. A drinks reception can be held in the adjacent Lingfield Room and guests can visit the museum (maximum 20 in the museum at any one time).

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Display Case Appeal

We have many objects behind the scenes which we would like to be able to share, but which are too fragile to be on permanent display. With your support, we can buy a conservation grade display case so that we can showcase more of our collection and expand our Object of the Month project.

We are on our way to our £2,500 goal but still have some way to go. Any size donation will make a real difference and is hugely appreciated.

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Donate

Wimbledon Museum, which has free entry, is run entirely by volunteers.

If you would like to support, please click below.

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Shop

Choose from a wide selection of publications cataloguing Wimbledon’s rich and vibrant history via our online shop.

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A selection of our books are also sold by Wimbledon Books  and The Tennis Gallery