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The Fan Museum

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Address: 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, England
Phone Number: 44-20-8305-1441
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Little known gem which should be better known!

I had heard of the museum some years ago, and was delighted when I finally got around to visiting it. I had no idea that fans could be used for propaganda, celebrating battles... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The museum is small but beautifully presented in a well-restored period house in Greenwich, close to the Docklands Light Railway, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum etc. As an added bonus there is a tea room decorated with murals, serving tea, coffee, and a small selection of cakes, looking out onto a surprisingly large and well-maintained garden. The fans are beautiful,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I had heard of the museum some years ago, and was delighted when I finally got around to visiting it. I had no idea that fans could be used for propaganda, celebrating battles, etc. Along with the permanent collection and an explanation of how fans are made, we saw fans and artefacts celebrating Waterloo. It's beautifully laid out in an... More 

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Fareham, England, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
82 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We visited since we had finished our other sightseeing and had time before dinner. While they do honor the Train 2 for 1 coupon, we used the family rate. The children (7,10,12, and 14) teamed up and filled in the worksheet as a team. Plenty of beauty to see. Fresh lilies upstairs are very pretty, but heavily scented. Our visit... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

A national treasure with some surprising works of art especially Gaugin and Whistler. Great cake in the Orangery too x

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Me and my boyfriend attended the museum on Wednesday afternoon. It was not busy and therefore we managed to spend more time around the place. We engaged in a small talk with lovely lady, Sheila, who then explained how the museum works. She gave out guide folders with descriptive information on each room and it's fans. We loved the variety... More 

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Sidcup
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My wife and I have been going to Greenwich for over 40 years and had never been to the Fan Museum. We thought we'd finally give it a go. I had my reservations but it was a great little museum. Lovely and interesting exhibits. Nice location and friendly staff it was a very pleasant experience.

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Nottingham
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We visited the Fan Museum during a weekend in Greenwich. We found the museum through the Art Pass scheme and decided to give it a go as it sounded interesting and entry was free with our Art Fund cards. The museum is small but in a beautiful townhouse with a gorgeous garden and tea room. I found the history of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

There are some great attractions in Greenwich, but the Fan Museum, is a well worth a visit. It throws a real spotlight on a hidden feature of social life in the C18th and C19th. For historians the opera, a fan from Covent Garden (1808) is fascinating as it highlights who was really who in London at the time. I was... More 

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Sydney
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I am a big "fan" of fans so enjoyed this little museum which told me quite a bit about the history of fans. Plenty of scope for more information but very enjoyable.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Thought to do something different in Greenwich and found the fan museum! Not high on the list of priorities but if you have spare time and want to see an interesting collection of fans, then this is your place!

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