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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.

A Focus on Paris

Wednesday 27 March - Saturday 17 August 2024

From Wednesday 27 March 2024, The Fan Museum opens its spring exhibition A Focus on ParisNow extended to August 17 2024

This exhibition aims to present a picture of Paris as a cultural hub of inventiveness and entrepreneurship. The diverse themes showcasing French fans from the 18th to the early 20th centuries shine a light on 18th century fan craftsmanship and on 19th century fan painters as well as depicting Paris as a city at the cutting edge of architectural, aviation and fashion development.   The turmoil of the end of the 18th century and the more peaceful social revolution of the 1920s are also highlighted.

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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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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
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