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Our History & Purpose

Learn more about the the UK's only museum dedicated to fans & fan making.

Since 1991...

The Fan Museum is the only organisation of its kind devoted entirely to the multifaceted history, culture and artistry of the fan. The Museum is small-scale, Independent, and accredited by Arts Council England. Situated within the World Heritage Site of Greenwich, London, a pair of beautifully restored Grade II* Listed early Georgian period townhouses accommodate the Museum and its ever-expanding collections.

The Fan Museum owes its existence to the vision of its two Founders, Hélène Alexander MBE (a world authority on fans) and her late husband, ‘Dickie’ A.V Alexander OBE. The Alexanders strived to create a museum unlike any other: one which maintains a special atmosphere redolent of times past and where visitors of all ages and backgrounds are similarly welcomed like members of an extended family. During the past thirty years the Museum and its small team of curatorial staff has staged more than ninety fan-themed exhibitions covering a bewildering variety of fan-related topics – World cultures, Classical history & Art Deco to name but a few – and welcomed in excess of 300,000 visitors.


Our Purpose

Our primary purpose is to promote awareness and appreciation of the diverse history, culture and artistry of fans and fan making. This we achieve mainly by collecting, conserving, documenting, studying, exhibiting and making fans. We use our collections, specialist knowledge and heritage buildings to enlighten, entertain and inspire broad ranging audiences.


The Story of The Fan Museum

The fascinating story of how The Fan Museum came to fruition is retold by one of the Founders, Hélène Alexander in the below film, released on the occasion of the Museum’s twenty fifth anniversary in 2016.

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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
  • Staff/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

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for disabled visitors and carers (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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Please note: The Fan Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday 2nd July, but will reopen as scheduled the following Wednesday 6th July.

Additionally, the Fan Museum is unable to accept any new guided tour or private event bookings for the entirety of September 2022. The Museum will, however, remain open to the public Wednesday-Saturday, 11h00-17h00.

Thank you for your understanding.