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A Bird in the Hand

May 9 - September 23

Fans which incorporate the plumage of birds have a history stretching back thousands of years. The Museum’s earliest fan, at least 1000 years old, is tipped with macaw feathers and is displayed for the first time in several years.

Feather fans were especially fashionable in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries and feature prominently within the display. Colourful ostrich feather fans evoke the glamour and decadence of the 1920s while fans incorporating plumes of game birds hint at Edwardian aristocracy.

The centrepiece of the display is an exquisite early twentieth century jay feather fan on tortoiseshell sticks, generously lent by The Fan Museum’s esteemed patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

To coincide with the exhibition a programme of subject-related lectures include guest speakers from Historic Royal Palaces and the Horniman.

Find more information about the upcoming lectures programme here.

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Museum Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday

11am - 5pm

Sunday

12pm - 5pm

Planned Closures

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12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich,
London SE10 8ER

Admission

Adults: £5.00

Concessions: Info £3.00

Children (age 7-16): £3.00

National Trust Members:

50% discount on the adult price ticket

Free Entry for...

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Afternoon Tea at Greenwich Fan Museum

Tea in the Orangery

Enjoy afternoon tea in the beautifully muraled museum orangery.

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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
  • Members/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

Tuesday Special:

Free entry for senior citizens and disabled visitors (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.

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