The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum, London: Address, Phone Number, The Fan Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Fan Museum
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The UK's only Museum devoted to the history of fans and the craft of fan making. Nestled in the heart of historic Greenwich, The Fan Museum is home to a diverse collection of fans from around the world, dating from the 12th century to the present day.
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Neighborhood: Greenwich
Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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Marion D
8 contributions
A most enjoyable tea.
Mar 2020
Small museum but very interesting. £5.00 adult entry but Half price for Natioanal Trust members. Worth paying the entry fee just to have tea in the Orangery! I had delicious carrot cake and my partner the equally delicious cram tea. It overlooks the garden although entry to the Garden is not allowed by Greenwich Council.
Written March 1, 2020
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,194 contributions
Fabulous fans
Feb 2020 • Couples
It's £5 to get in or free if you are a national trust member. A beautiful recency style house and the ladies are very happy to chat you through the exhibits.
Written February 26, 2020
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Wilde_David_London_48
London, UK42 contributions
A little gem in Greenwich
Mar 2019
You could be forgiven for walking past the Fan Museum without even knowing it. Hidden on the beautiful Crooms Hill in Greenwich in a lovely Georgian fronted building is the Fan Museum - one of the foremost homes for fans in the world and providing a wonderful display of them spanning history. Well laid out and easy to walk around, it also has a wonderful gift shop and cafe in the ground floor Orangery for you to sit and enjoy a tea and cake!
Written February 12, 2020
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Debz
Noblesville, IN4 contributions
So worth a visit!
Jan 2020 • Friends
This great place is so worth seeing and a delight. My friend and I loved it and we can not believe it was free. All the time we were there we came and sat on the seats outside. The view of the park from here is amazing
Written January 27, 2020
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chris f
Brisbane, Australia94 contributions
Stunning display of fans through the ages
Sep 2019
This is my second visit to this amazing museum of fans. They rotate the collection of hand embroidered, hand painted, hand carved fans collected from around the world. The orangery tea room is also beautiful and extremely well priced.
Written January 26, 2020
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Elpida Dalietou
Corfu, Greece35 contributions
A delight for afternoon tea!
Mar 2019 • Family
A beautiful museum right in the heart of Greenwich. Interesting collection of exhibits but the reason we visited was the orangery! Since we were short on time, we quickly took a look at the collection of fans and exhibits and made our way to the orangery to enjoy our afternoon tea.

We discovered the museum in various websites, which boasted that it offers the cheapest afternoon tea in London. And it did! The pastries were delicious, the tea came in a huge pot which we weren’t even able to finish. We loved the brownie so much and the other piece of cake was creamy and flavorful. I had tea with raspberries and it was one of the best teas I’ve tasted to date.

The orangery was beautiful, too. The decor really allowed you to travel through time, with colorful flowers and a stunning garden. Perfect Instagram location, as well!

Will definitely come back.
Written January 4, 2020
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KomalVerma
London, UK56 contributions
Charming and well presented, a true gem!
Dec 2019
We visited the Fan Museum for a friend's birthday and it was a truly lovely experience. The museum isn't very large, so you can can see all the displays and exhibits in less than hour. The venue itself is immaculately well kept, there are helpful audio guides and the staff are really friendly and helpful. The washrooms are equally charming and then there's the delightful Orangery, where you can have an afternoon tea (though this is really a cream tea with some cake options after - no sandwiches). The tea was perfect - just the right amount, you could get refills and they catered for gluten free wonderfully (though you do need to give them a few days notice). Highly recommended!
Written December 22, 2019
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Donna L
Chicago, IL10 contributions
Fans and Tea
Aug 2019 • Family
Following a fantastic tour of Westminster Abbey, we went to the Fan Museum. What a great experience! Now you may be thinking, what is there to know about hand fans? Well, we learned a lot. Although it is small, the displays are wonderful and the gift shop is splendid. After strolling through the museum, we went to the lower level for tea. The room was so pretty and it overlooked a lovely garden. The tea, scones and cakes were scrumptious and the service was first rate. My son has a tree nut allergy, but he had a good experience because the staff was very knowledgeable about the ingredients in all the products. The next time I am in London, I will return to this special place. If you are in London, you must go!
Written December 6, 2019
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364tilley
Newmarket, UK378 contributions
This clearly is a well done one off ,small but fascinating.
Nov 2019
There are only four exhibition spaces so a visit will not take that long but it will be a charming experience. The workmanship on display is exquisite and even those ,like me,who know nothing should be impressed.
Written November 27, 2019
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gregjmason
Birmingham, UK77 contributions
WHAT A FIND!
Oct 2019
Looking for 'something extra' to do following our visit to the nearby Royal Observatory, we decided to follow the signs for The Fan Museum. What a find!
Even like myself if you thought you have no interest in fans, you cannot be anything but amazed at the varieties, the history and the way the Museum has been set up.
Extremely well priced at £5 per person, with the visit lasting anything between 1-2hrs dependant on tastes.
Afterwards DO NOT fail to visit The Orangery downstairs for drinks (we were afternoon Tea/Coffee & Cakes). Excellent food & value.
PS. Don't forget the lovely shop for goodies.
Written October 15, 2019
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