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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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A hidden gem is Greenwich

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Loved my visit to the Fan Museum. If you are keen on decorative arts you will also love this little gem. The collection is huge but not all are on display at one time. When I visited there was an Art Nouveau theme so it was especially good. So many beautiful examples and obviously well cared for and displayed. Stunning!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I went to the Fan museum mainly for the afternoon tea they serve in their Orangery. I wasn't disappointed: their cakes were tasty, the atmosphere was lovely and cozy, the view of the garden was great.The afternoon tea costs only 11 pounds per person which includes the admission to the museum. They could serve loose leave tea though instead of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

A small but Gem of a find in the heart of Greenwich,very small with beautiful collection of fans and lots of History. The Orangery offers a very reasonably priced and delicious afternoon tea and they were very considerate towards my grandson who is 18 months old will definitely go back as they change the displays on a regular basis. Brilliant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Located in Greenwich, this small museum is the only one in the UK devoted entirely to the art and craft of the fan. A nice diversion from the maritime orientation of the area's other museums, a visit of about an hour will suffice. The staff was very helpful when I visited, answering questions and pointing out the highlights of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Among the attractions that I visited in Greenwich recently, was the small but delightful Fan Museum. Entrance was free for Seniors on Tuesday so that was a little bonus. The displays were well set out and labelled. Very interesting to learn of the history of the fans. Fans in earlier centuries were a necessary part of the fashion of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Nice cup of tea and very nice scone, Victoria sponge and chocolate cake in the orangery. Try and sit by the window for a great view of the garden! The room is quite small so not too busy. Recommended! The museum itself is also small and can be seen in a couple of hours!

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Address: 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, England
Phone Number: 44-20-8305-1441
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Greenwich
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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