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Permanent Displays

Discover the fascinating history of fans and the craft of fan making.

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Green Room

Start your visit to The Fan Museum by touring the ground floor permanent displays, which begin in the ‘Green Room’ where an introductory film sets the scene and tells the story of how the Museum came to fruition. The displays cover the essential aspects of the subject and include a comprehensive variety of fan types, materials, tools and illustrated explanations of fan making techniques and processes. Also displayed in the Green Room is a fan painted by the artist Walter Sickert (1860-1942) alongside an important late-16th century flag fan – a rare survival from a time when fans remained exotic novelties in the West.

If your visit to The Fan Museum is motivated towards viewing a particular object, please contact the Museum’s Curator ahead of your planned visit to check whether the object is on display, in storage or on loan.

Reception Room & Stairway

The Reception Room & stairway leading to the upper floor exhibition space showcase the art of fan painting and feature an assortment of framed works dating from the seventeenth century onward. Here you’ll also learn about the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, a City of London livery company with which The Fan Museum maintains a friendly association.

Podcatcher Audio Tour

When visiting the Museum, why not make use of the Museum’s free Podcatcher audio guide and enrich your tour to the ground floor permanent displays. Each audio soundbite offers additional layers of context and curator-narrated content.

Enjoy a preview of part of our Podcatcher audio guide:

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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.

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Volunteers touring the Museum's permanent displays


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

From Wednesday 12th June onwards, until otherwise stated, the Museum will be open for general entry from 11:00am-1:00pm, closed to the public between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, and open again from 2:00pm until last entry at 4:30pm. Doors will close as usual at 5:00pm.

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