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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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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A little Gem

If you have spare time and love fans then this is the place to visit. It is delightful with lots of interesting facts about everything to do with fans.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Diane V

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have spare time and love fans then this is the place to visit. It is delightful with lots of interesting facts about everything to do with fans.

Thank Diane V
London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is in a charming Georgian house.My male companion was surprised that he enjoyed the visit so much. So much information and not just about fans. Lovely shop, affordable and desirable souvenirs.The ladies toilets are quite a feature and should be visited!

Thank Carol G
Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The Fan Museum is an elegant and compact museum which is dedicated to the seductive allure of the fan. Hidden behind it’s plain façade are some of the most beautiful and bewitching fans ever created. There is usually an exhibition on – there was one featuring fans from China when I visited in December 2015 and these had the most... More 

Thank Carole T
London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a wonderful small museum set in two beautiful Georgian houses. We visited specially to see the exhibition from China which is on until the end of December 2015 but they have other exhibitions - the fans are exquisite. It shows how they were made and different materials that were used. The staff are very friendly and we definitely... More 

1 Thank Bertie65
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

This museum is dedicated to fans and has many exhibits of this accessory. The museum itself is only a few rooms and can be done in a fairly short amount of time. The fans themselves vary quite widely in style and make and there are many interesting and beautiful examples to see - some of them you really do wonder... More 

Thank PKRV
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

I have been to Greenwich many times and have visited all the popular attractions so when we had a few hours to spend in Greenwich before going on to the Houses of Parliament, I wondered where to go and then we noticed a sign to The Fan Museum. Intrigued we went along and it was wonderful! There is a small... More 

Thank Jay C
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This is the most delightful little museum which deserves to be better known. I took a group of 10 business contacts and we were given a guided tour by the museum's curator, who knew his stuff inside out and was a natural-born communicator. The history of how the museum came into being was fascinating - and as to the fans... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

We were mostly there for the Afternoon tea, but afterwards we had a look at the fans on display and the Chinese export fan exhibition. Never knew fans could be this interesting. So delicately made. The handbook provided explains the displays in great detail. It was a nice way to avoid the rain in Greenwich park and the cakes and... More 

Thank Kirihitiana
London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This must be the most beautiful and quaint museum in London. Afternoon tea is cheap but i was disappointed there was no sandwiches so it was all a bit too much sugar. Also the atmosphere was a little hushed and would have been better with some simple instrumental music to soften the vibe whist drinking and eating. The addition of... More 

1 Thank Maylis B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Many people travel to Greenwich to go and see other attractions and places of interest my wife was keen to visit and I must admit that I did enjoy the Fan Museum many different types of fans from around the world and good to read up on the History of fans and how they are made small entry fee but... More 

1 Thank Darren S

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