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The Fan Museum

12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, England
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Ranked #307 of 1,081 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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DeLand, FL
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I very much enjoyed the museum...it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to London. Tea in the Orangery was lovely and the garden is beautiful. Well worth seeking out this "hidden" museum, especially if you enjoy learning about fans. The upstairs temporary exhibition about advertising fans is fascinating, colorful, and informative. It was a fun afternoon and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Tucked away in Greenwich so many people are not aware of this museum but it is fabulous - everyone involved with this museum is so friendly and dedicated. The downstairs exhibition gives you some history into fans and the making of them and the upstairs exhibition changes at least twice a year, currently showing Advertising fans which are a fascinating... More

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Parma, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We were 19 in the group and I booked the afternoon tea from Italy. They all agreed that it was one of the best outings in the whole of our tour of London. The setting in the Orangery is beautiful and the tea and cream cakes and scones with jam is very nice. Looking forward to returning with another group.

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Moscow, Russia
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15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

If you are heading to Greenwich on. Tuesday or Sunday afternoon, book in advance The Afternoon Tea at The Fan Museum. You will have to pay entry fee to the museum which is quite interesting to visit but the Afternoon tea is a hidden gem. Must book in advance as tables are limited. The Orangery backs onto the beautiful garden... More

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Victoria, Canada
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

A four pound entry fee for a very small but interesting museum about the history of the fan. Two rooms of lovely displays outlining the materials used in the making of the fans, and the history of the fans themselves. Some fans date back to the late 1600's. A quaint little gift shop.

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London, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Went today and found a tranquil place. Nice toilets, the staff were nice bar one who kept crying and was bossy and told eveyone that everything was awful. Orangery fantastic. Museum a bit small and dull but informative. It was very different and quirky.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

A trip to the Fan Museum while visiting London was one of our best days out...just loved it and wish I could revisit. Judith, Western Australia

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Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Good value for money, although you have to pay for entry to the museum as well which brings the cost up to £11, I think it would be nice if they informed people of that on the website. The service was fairly average, when we went into the restaurant there was nobody there to greet us and we had to... More

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JacobMoss, Curator at The Fan Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for your positive review of our afternoon tea. Your criticisms regarding service have been noted and fed back to the Orangery team. With regards to your comment about mentioning admission charges in advance, this is in fact already explained on our website: http://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/afternoontea.html Kind regards Jacob Moss Curator, The Fan Museum More

London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Showing a foreign visitor around Greenwich we happened on The Fan Museum, expecting a rather boring visit we were pleasantly surprised and spent a good 45 minutes looking at assorted fans from every country and every walk of life. I am not sure I would have travelled to Greenwich just for the museum but if you are sightseeing in the... More

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Hong Kong, China
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We reserved the afternoon tea few months ago and we're not disappointed. The scone and cake are fabulous and there are choices of drinks in particular fresh squeezed orange juice. The price is unbeatable at only 6 pound per person with free admission to the museum. The museum is small but there are a lot of lovely and decent fans... More

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