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Biblical Fans

24th January - 21st May 2017

The Museum begins the year with a sumptuous display of fans decorated with biblical subjects. Fittingly, the opening segment of the exhibition features folding fans painted with the story of Adam & Eve; juxtaposing an eighteenth century design with the work of a contemporary fan painter illustrates how stories from the bible have fascinated artists throughout history.

The display of over seventy fans touches upon many of the bible’s significant episodes and includes interpretations of the Finding of Moses, Abraham sacrificing Isaac and The Visitation.   Eighteenth century fans feature prominently within the display and show fan painters reinterpreting master paintings and widely circulated engravings by Rubens and others to fit the fan format.  At a time when art reflected social and cultural mores, fans decorated with episodes from the bible encompass spiritualty, enlightenment and other worldly concerns which remain relevant to modern society.

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Museum Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday

11am - 5pm


12pm - 5pm

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12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich,
London SE10 8ER


Adults: Info £4.00*

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: £4.00*

*As at the 1st April 2018 Adults ticket price will increase to £5.00

Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (upon presentation of NUS 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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About this Fan

Ivory fan with vellum leaf, painted with Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden (Probably Dutch, c. 1700s)