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Discover our diverse programme of fan-themed temporary exhibitions.

From religion to royalty through to plastics and politics, since first opening to the public in 1991, the Museum’s 85+ temporary exhibitions have covered a breath-taking variety of fan-related topics. Typically changing every few months, notable past ventures include prestigious exhibitions incorporating loans from the Royal Collection and State Hermitage and contemporary displays featuring the work of lace makers, street artists and modern fan makers such as Sylvain Le Guen and Frédérick Gay. Striking a balance between tradition and innovation, the carefully curated displays pivot around a central display case which often features period costume and/or objets de vertu relevant to themes explored within the displays.

Boxed In, Fanned Out: Fans and Their Boxes

Friday 3 November 2023 - Saturday 23 March 2024

From Friday 3 November 2023, The Fan Museum ushers in its seasonal exhibition Boxed In, Fanned Out: Fans and Their Boxes.

This exhibition seeks to show the relationship between fans and their boxes with examples coming from many countries and time periods. Whether the boxes are simply holders of fans, or an integral part of the fan itself, ‘Boxed In, Fanned Out’ features outstanding examples from The Fan Museum’s collection including elaborately decorated lacquer boxes from China, handmade paper tubes from eighteenth century Europe and elegant custom-made cases complementing their contents. The exhibition runs from Friday 3 November 2023 to Saturday 23 of March 2024.

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Past Exhibitions

Since opening to the public in 1991, The Fan Museum's programme of temporary exhibitions has covered an extraordinary range of fan-related topics. Explore the archive here.

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