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The Fan Museum

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Address: 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, England
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Small but perfectly formed.

Charming, welcoming museum. Stunning examples of many different types of fans. The special exhibition ' belle epoch ' displays fans from 1890-1920. Some are art nouveau and some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Charming, welcoming museum. Stunning examples of many different types of fans. The special exhibition ' belle epoch ' displays fans from 1890-1920. Some are art nouveau and some are jewel encrusted. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the orangery for afternoon tea. Scrumptious and very good value.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We didn't have time to tour the museum, so my comments relate just to the lovely afternoon tea that is served here. The tearoom is pleasant and relaxing (although a little warm in July). It is painted in soft murals and overlooks a pretty garden. The tea was good and included the usual sweet fare of scones and cake. One... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I came here for a hen party afternoon tea - we hired the orangery for two hours. Nice little sandwiches and cakes with a selection of teas - we also brought our own bubbly as they don't have a licence (I think corkage was charged but I'm not sure so check). The waitress was friendly, helpful and unobtrusive. The orangery... More 

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Some fantastic fans. If these fans cannot be exposed to strong artificial lighting some could be placed better in upright display cabinets rather than in flat display cases because had trouble seeing them when we went on a dreary day. Good little shop with range of pricing on items. Orangery could be open for tea and cakes as it is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I booked the Orangery (plus afternoon) for a retirement party. The Fan Museum is in an excellent, central location, close to the park and a few minutes walk from Cutty Sark station. The Orangery was the ideal setting, so elegant, and caters for up to 30 people seated. Afternoon tea was amongst the best i have had, and the cakes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The Fan Museum is located in two adjoining Victorian houses in Greenwich. The ground floor houses the permanent part of the museum. The Green Room is worth looking at, as it is here that you can learn how fans are made. Upstairs, they change the exhibition three times a year. The current exhibition runs until September & is well worth... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Easy to find but not widely known museum dedicated to fans. Even if you're not interested in fans, this is a delightful little museum. When we visited there was an exhibition of fans of the belle epoch, which featured some lovely items. Although we had a scant hour to see the full exhibition, we managed to see everything and spend... More 

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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A lovely way to spend a couple of hours. First we visited the Fan Museum, it explained how the first fans came to be, how they were made and the different materials used. There were a lovely selection of fans in the cabinets, all with dates on, some loaned from people around the world. We then made our way down... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This museum is so quaint & the lady at the front desk is worth the visit alone. She was the sweetest lady. Reading everything in the museum you could still make it around in 30 mins. Unfortunately the Orangery was not serving afternoon tea the day we were there. If you have any interest in fans, you will love this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Fans became the accouterments of choice from the 18th century to early 20th (of course they are still very popular). This museum has only three or four rooms, but they are full of the history of this important ladies ornament. The four pound entrance is commensurate with the size of the collection, but it is certainly worth viewing. When we... More 

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