ITTF Museum Officially Launched in Shanghai China
The ITTF Museum, home to over 8,000 table tennis exhibits, has officially opened together with the China Table Tennis Museum in Shanghai.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Museum has officially opened today, 31 March 2018, in Shanghai, China, together with the China Table Tennis Museum.
The ITTF Museum, which was originally housed at the ITTF Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, made its star-studded opening with ITTF President Thomas WEIKERT, Honorary President XU Yinsheng, Vice Mayor of Shanghai WENG Tiehui and Deputy Director of Admission of Sport of China CAI Zhenhua, as well as World & Olympic Champions ZHANG Yining, WANG Liqin, Jorgen PERSSON and LI Xiaoxia.
Upon the opening of the museum, ITTF President Thomas WEIKERT shared "It's a great honour to be here at the Opening Ceremony of the ITTF and China Table Tennis Museum, I truly wish the museum could be a new window for promoting table tennis culture and inheriting table tennis spirit. China has made great contributions to our sport, hence we decided to move our ITTF Museum from Lausanne to Shanghai, where we believe it will bring more opportunities and benefits in showcasing our sport. "
"The ITTF is pleased to see the museum embrace visitors from all over the world with a new appearance, and we will continue to give maximum support including future world exhibitions, an ITTF documentation center and ITTF liaison center, making it more comprehensive and professional. Meanwhile, the ITTF will donate items and documents to the museum after each World Championships and World Cups."
Home to over 8,000 table tennis exhibits, the ITTF Museum houses the most extensive range of table tennis items, detailing the past century of development in the sport, and showcases exclusive exhibits such as the first pair of table tennis rackets and items from past Champions, including shirt from DENG Yaping and sneakers from ZHANG Jike.
The Museum features several sections across four floors, including exhibitions galleries, Hall of Fame, a 3D movie theatre as well as a multimedia interactive zone where visitors can play against World Champions using VR technology in the museum. Talks with World Champions, table tennis experts and table tennis stars will also be held at the museum from time to time.
The Museum is located at 796 Jumen Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, and opens from 9am to 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday, with last admissions at 4pm.