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6th September - 31st December 2016

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The Museum’s twenty fifth anniversary year finishes with an unusual perspective on a fascinating theme: an exhibition of fans which depict the built environment.

Throughout the centuries fan leaves provided a canvas on which fan painters & printers recorded changing fashions in architecture.  This exhibition brings together fans which depict both domestic and stately houses, famous architectural landmarks, bustling city squares, parks and grand hotels.

Buildings on fans are not as numerous as those which display figures or flowers, but when they do appear they tell us so much about the time when both interiors and exteriors were made; the people they belonged to and generally the human appeal, which makes fans delightful reflections of their time.

This exhibition explores the varied influences of architecture throughout history and proves once again that the greater arts are closely connected with the lesser yet infinitely more accessible Decorative Arts.


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Museum Admission Pricing

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
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with vaild student card)
  • Senior citizens
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Disabled visitors and carers, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for senior citizens.

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.

Group Bookings

Printed Fan Leaf

Printed and hand coloured view of the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens (English, c. 1745)


The Museum is now open Tuesday – Saturday, 11h00 – 17h00, last entry at 16h30

The Orangery is not a tea room, and is only available for private hire.

For any enquiries please contact us on 0208 305 1441 or by email .