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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
Family ticket (up to 2 Adults and up to 3 Children, also 1 Adult and 4 Children): £10.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with vaild student card)
  • Senior citizens
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Disabled visitors and carers, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for senior citizens.

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.


The Fan Museum’s opening times each week are Wednesday to Saturday 11h00-17h00, with last entries at 16h30 each day.

Our latest exhibition, ‘Boxed In, Fanned Out: Fans and their Boxes’, is open from 3rd November and will run into the New Year.

Tickets for Museum by Candlelight, our special Christmas late-opening experience, are now on sale. Book now to secure your place!


Opening times may vary in line with public holidays. We will attempt to keep our channels updated in this case.

Our Orangery is not open as a public tearoom.

Click here for details of how to hire the space.