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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
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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I would not have heard of the Fan Museum but for a friend. Four of us visited last Tuesday; we didn't know this in advance, but over 60s are free on Tuesdays. The entrance is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
Orpington, United Kingdom
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Nelson, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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Paris, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

the museum is really nice, the orangerie is closed, the garden is closed and the chinese pavillion too ! 20 minutes are enough to visit

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Orpington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I would not have heard of the Fan Museum but for a friend. Four of us visited last Tuesday; we didn't know this in advance, but over 60s are free on Tuesdays. The entrance is very cheap anyway: as an under 60 I was £4 reduced to £2 as I had my National Trust card with me. Who would believe... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It is a wonderful testament to English eccentricity that in one of the most expensive cities for property in the world we have museums of such diverse subjects as the packaging museum, museum of childhood and this, the Fan museum (or perhaps testament to the tax advantages of charitable status ;-) It's small, the displays occupy only three rooms, but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Have been waiting about 10 years to go to this museum. Is well worth a visit even for the men. Super displays of fans as you would expect but also period stuff clothes, jewellery etc. as well. Went on a free for senior’s day and got free tea and scones as well. All done in the best possible taste. All... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

Last Saturday I had my British Citizenship private Afternoon Tea reception for 25 guests at the Fan Museum and it was wonderful. The orangery is a splendid little gem in the heart of Greenwich; the service is excellent, the staff very professional, always ready to help but friendly at the same time. I highly recommend it for a private function... More 

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

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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