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Permanent Display

An introduction to fans, their history and how they are made

The Fan Museum holds a world-renowned collection of fans and fan leaves which include the splendid Hélène Alexander Collection and further acquisitions, gifts and bequests which have been received since the museum opened to the public over twenty years ago.

The collection is comprehensive, with examples from all over the world from the 11th century to the present day. The collection is particularly strong in 18th and 19th century European fans.

For conservation reasons it is not possible to display the whole collection together at any time; therefore the museum features two distinct displays. The first is permanent and serves as an introduction to fans: their history, how they are made, the materials used, and the various types and sources of fans. This permanent display is mainly housed on the ground floor of the museum and is divided between two rooms.

Reception Room & Stairs

Un-mounted and extended European fan leaves dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Museum reception room

Green Room

Largely devoted to explaining how fans are made, one of the museum’s ‘gems’ is also displayed in this space: a fan painted by Walter Sickert. Occasionally, fans are loaned to other museums so if your visit is specifically motivated towards viewing a particular object, we would advise contacting us to check whether or not the object is currently displayed.

Museum Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday

11am - 5pm


12pm - 5pm

Planned Closures

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12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich,
London SE10 8ER


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

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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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Death of Turin painted fan design

'Turenne' (Detail) - Extended fan leaf painted in gouache. French, c. 1675