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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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A hidden gem!

A friend of mine told me about this museum, and it's a shame it's not more famous! Really interesting about fans. The rooms at the entrance present the work: tools and materials... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Marie D
Paris, France
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend of mine told me about this museum, and it's a shame it's not more famous! Really interesting about fans. The rooms at the entrance present the work: tools and materials. The rooms upstairs present temprorary exhibition; when I was there it was about buildings and places on fans. I learned a lot! It's small, but very very intersting.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went for afternoon tea. You have to pay for a museum ticket just to go for tea which isn't listed on the pricing but they did inform us when booking. The staff, service and rooms were lovely but the museum is very small and the afternoon tea was good but too sweet. It was three types of cake which... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just visited the Fan Museum in Greenwich again on my trip to the UK. I was fortunate this time to spend time with Helene Alexander (Director of the Museum). She is such a charming and gracious host. The current exhibit was a pleasure to view and you can always expect to learn something or see something unique at this... More 

Thank Gary M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Went there for an afternoon tea with my parents and it was the loveliest place. The Orangery for the tea was gorgeous and the staff absolutely incredible! So much so that even though the place and the tea were lovely, i'd say the best thing about it was the friendly and helpful staff.

Thank Syrts563
Rijeka, Croatia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

We stumbled upon this little gem quite accidentally, while walking along Greenwich, and I was pleasantly surprised by its collection. The whole collection of more than four thousand items is not on display, but it is still a very interesting and unusual exhibition. Great find!

Thank Borzov
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

The Fan Museum is such a lovely little place. Its fascinating to take a little trip through time and see how women before us used to make themselves beautiful. Some of the pieces here are so very delicate and date back 100+ years. The shop had some lovely items, and it may sound a bit strange but the ladies' lav... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

Loved my visit and will definitely go back fascnating history of the fan. It is wheel chair accessible and htey also have a tea room. It is quaint and really interesting well worth the visit. I have added it to my must see list for my visitors.

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

We were delighted to find this quaint museum. The price was minimal and they had so many fans on display. Two floors of exhibits in a converted townhouse. Unique museum to see if you are in Greenwich.

Thank Elizabeth L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

I visited The museum of Fans while I was in Greenwich in May.I found it very interesting, showing the history, construction and everything about fans even those from different parts of the world.It is a small museum but a rather large collection.A small entrance fee then you are handled a folder/guide by a very friendly lady. Reading as you guide... More 

Thank madeintheuk
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

The fans on display are just lovely and the display is not static so it's worth revisiting. The house that contains the museum is stunning and a perfect historical example of houses at that time in Greenwich. The orangery is the downstairs room where afternoon tea is served. The walled garden is so inviting but unfortunately guests are not permitted... More 

Thank Mary J

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