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A Bird in the Hand

9 May - 23 September 2018

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

Wednesday

11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)

Thursday

11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)

Friday

11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)

Saturday

11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)

12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich,
London SE10 8ER

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Adults: £5.00

Concessions: Info £3.00

Children (age 7-12): £3.00

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Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for carers and disabled visitors (not as part of a group)

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with valid student card)
  • Children aged 6-17 years
  • Senior citizens
  • Registered disabled
  • Museum Association members
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Royal Museums Greenwich members
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
Free Entry for…

Children aged 6 years and under, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday 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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The Museum is open as usual Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10h00-17h00 (last admissions at 16h30).

Please note that we will be closed from Thursday 2nd June to Saturday 4th June inclusive for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

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