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The Fan Museum

#296 of 2,403 things to do in London
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Address: 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, England
Phone Number: 44-20-8305-1441
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The Ideal Museum for Non-Museum Types

We visited this museum to see its Waterloo exhibit. This museum is perfect if you are with someone who really does not like museums because of their vastness and volume of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We visited this museum to see its Waterloo exhibit. This museum is perfect if you are with someone who really does not like museums because of their vastness and volume of exhibits. This museum is concise, focused and tasteful in its presentation. The bathrooms are some of the best I have seen in a museum. Although we did not take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I grew up in South East London and I never knew about the Fan Museum until a few years ago when I saw an article about it in a magazine. After seeing that Camilla had paid her fourth visit it was definitely time that I paid my first! My husband is confined to a wheelchair and had phoned ahead to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We booked the Orangery for a friends hen party. We wanted somewhere private in a charming setting for 21 ladies to have tea and cake. The Fan Museum was the perfect location. Everything was very organised, the staff were extremely helpful and the service was smooth. The hens even got to walk around the fan museum free of charge. Great... More 

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We popped in here as I had heard about the museum from a friend. We were not disappointed at all; what a lovely experience. We were given a very warm welcome by the girl on the reception desk and were more than happy to pay the small entrance fee. The fan exhibition was amazing; never seen so many beautiful and... More 

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Brussels
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We visited this lovely little museum with a small group of Year 13 students and had an extremely interesting couple of hours. The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly, in fact they couldn't do enough to help. The exhibition of fans was superb and well worth the small entrance fee. Tea and coffee in the Orangery was also a highlight... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Stopped in here having been wanting to visit the tearoom for months & the girl at the shop that took our card payment was upsetting & rude, advised to leave our bags at reception even though we exclusively wanted to visit the tea room, that we had booked, we were then charged extra for 3 x museum passes which we... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This was a real find, full of truly beautiful fans, well displayed, and housed in an absolutely stunning building. I thought that if you'd seen one fan you'd seen them all - how wrong I was! Staff were friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. The loos are fab too! It's a small museum but the entrance fee is very reasonable. It was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A fascinating insight into the history and development of the fan. This small museum is worth a visit for its interesting story of the fan, the collection of fans on view and (at the time of our visit) the selection of fans in the special exhibition gallery. The refreshments available are a real treat and good value.

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Banstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

£4 is a reasonable amount to pay for a small museum with a large collection of fans and related items. They also have a lovely orangery in which to have lunch . Quiet and staffed by friendly people , it's worth a half hour visit.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

A very small museum but priced accordingly. Beautiful and exquisite fans. Felt a bit like we were walking around someones house but staff were very welcoming. Kids did a quiz and got a free postcard. Well worth a visit.

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