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Please note: The Orangery will be serving afternoon tea on a walk-in basis on Friday 03 & Saturday 04 February 2017.
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The Fan Museum

Find out more and plan your visit

Visit the only museum in the UK devoted to the history of fans and the art of fan making. Nestled in the heart of historic Greenwich, The Fan Museum is home to a diverse collection of fans from around the world, dating from the 12th century to the present day.

Our collections are displayed in changing exhibitions exploring the different themes which have inspired fan makers throughout history: politics, fashion, fine art and architecture to name but a few.

About the Museum

The buildings that house The Fan Museum are themselves of great interest and beauty. A pair of Grade II listed townhouses, constructed in 1721, have been lovingly and authentically restored to retain their original character and elegance. The later addition on an Orangery, faithful to the architecture of the period, overlooks a ‘secret’ garden in the Japanese style.

The Museum has cultivated a special atmosphere, perhaps redolent of times past, in which visitors are treated like members of an extended family – indeed, ask a Friend of The Fan Museum and they will be sure to tell you how the Museum feels much like a ‘home-from-home’.

Access Arrangements

We are committed to making our facilities accessible to all visitors.  Visitors with disabilities are entitled to the concessionary rate. Carers of those with disabilities are admitted free of charge.  The Museum has ramped access, a lift to the Museum’s upper & lower floors, toilets for the disabled with baby-changing facilities, and a cloakroom. A wheelchair can be provided if required.

Collections Access

For researchers and academics the Museum boasts an onsite archive, study facilities and reference library available for use by appointment. Please contact the Curator, Jacob Moss should you wish to make arrangements to visit the archive and associated facilities : j.moss@thefanmuseum.org.uk

The Fan Museum Trust fan collection is now available to explore online https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/

Our curators can also provide private lectures on any aspect of the history of fans.

Visiting the Fan Museum

The History of Fans

Few art forms combine functional, ceremonial and decorative uses as elegantly as the fan. Fewer still can match such diversity with a history stretching back at least 3,000 years.

Learn more about the History of Fans

Museum Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday

11am - 5pm

Sunday

12pm - 5pm

12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich,
London SE10 8ER

Admission

Adults: £4.00

Concessions: Info £3.00

Children (age 7-16): £3.00

National Trust Members:

50% discount across all admission categories

Free Entry for...

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Tea in the Orangery

Enjoy afternoon tea in the beautifully muraled museum orangery.

Explore the Collection

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £4.00
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 across all admission categories

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.

Group Bookings

Museum Entrance

The museum is housed in a pair of Grade II listed townhouses, constructed in 1721