Museum Early Closure

Due to a special event, the Museum will close early at 6 pm on Friday, April 28.

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Billie Jean King and Louise Mirrer with objects from her archive, including a 1999 Fed Cup trophy, Adidas sneakers, wood tennis rackets, 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom certificate, Essex Bowl, Philadelphia Freedoms dress, and Philadelphia Freedoms racket cover.

Image credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society.

Billie Jean King and New-York Historical Society President and CEO Louise Mirrer examine objects donated by King to New-York Historical’s Center for Women’s History. The objects include the lace dress she wore at the 1971 US Open in Forest Hills, Queens and at Wimbledon in 1972.

Image credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society.

Billie Jean King with the Philadelphia Freedoms dress she wore during the inaugural season in 1974 when she was a member of the team. King helped name the team, whose name inspired Elton John’s song of the same name.

Image credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society.

Philadelphia Freedoms dress worn by Billie Jean King during the team’s inaugural season in 1974.

Image credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society.

Billie Jean King-endorsed racket made by Wilson.

Image credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society.

Glasses worn by Billie Jean King in 2006, during the filming of the HBO documentary Billie Jean King: Portrait of a Pioneer.

Image credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society.

Photo taken of Billie Jean King, April 1958

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