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About the Collections

Gathered from across the World, our diverse collections span 1,000+ years of fan history & culture.

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The Fan Museum houses two collections of international renown: the Hélène Alexander Collection of fans, fan leaves & associated materials (formed & privately owned by the Museum’s founder) and The Fan Museum Trust Collection comprising gifts, bequests, and major acquisitions.

Gathered from across the World & encompassing more than 1,000 years of fan history & culture, together the two collections exceed 7,000 objects. Collection highlights include works by fine artists such as Paul Gauguin, a rare Elizabethan-period fan, Japanese Court fans & a spectacular Fabergé fan incorporating gold work and enameling. The collections are further enriched with examples of period costume, fan making tools & materials, catalogues and rare books.

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with vaild student card)
  • Senior citizens
  • Registered disabled
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
National Trust Members:

50% discount on the Adult price tickets

Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for disabled visitors and carers (except for groups)

Please note that the discounts listed above cannot be applied when visitors are part of a large group visit or guided tour group.  Please click here for further details.

Group Bookings

Folding fan, France, ca. 1905

The silk leaf is painted with an imaginary Byzantine princess against a background of peacock feather motifs; signed by the artist, Luc F. The tinted mother of pearl sticks are the work of the celebrated fan stick carver, Georges Bastard.


Please note: The Fan Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday 2nd July, but will reopen as scheduled the following Wednesday 6th July.

Additionally, the Fan Museum is unable to accept any new guided tour or private event bookings for the entirety of September 2022. The Museum will, however, remain open to the public Wednesday-Saturday, 11h00-17h00.

Thank you for your understanding.