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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Neighbourhood: 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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PollyAustralia
Sydney, Australia39 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
This is a hidden gem! I loved the displays, the interactive exhibition( audio explanations included in the very modest entry fee of £3 for seniors) and the charming and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. They are obviously passionate about the collection. The gift shop also has some lovely items, very reasonably priced. If you love history and beautiful things this is for you.
Written 13 May 2022
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W8101EKlesleys
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK27 contributions
Apr 2022
Found this place after a Google search for unusual museums. Thought, why not, might be good for a quick visit. A touch over 2 hours later, after a lovely chat with the owner & founder, and the general manager, I wandered out surprised I’d enjoyed it quite as much as I did.
The fans were stunning, the house they are in bright and airy, and the welcome was nothing short of enthusiastic. There is a lovely, welcoming atmosphere that I have’t experienced in any other museum. A real breath of fresh air. You are free to wander at your own pace, and if you’re lucky enough to be there when Mrs Alexander is, stop and talk to her! Her passion for her collection is obvious and she’s a fountain of knowlege. And I could have stayed talking to the general manager all day lol.
All in all, a lovely place to visit (the orangery is calm and lovely too, though not serving when I visited) and I would definitely recommend it for a gentle but surprising and engaging London museum experience.
The ladies’s loo is also worth a mention!
Another reciew also mentions free entry for National Trust members. Not true I’m afraid. It is worth the full admission price anyway.
Written 8 April 2022
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Panache83
Sydney, Australia150 contributions
Mar 2022
I stumbled upon this museum during my wanderings in Greenwich and was pleasantly surprised.

Its fan collection spans two floors and details the story of how hand held fans have evolved throughout history. There's also a gift shop with an interesting selection of items for sale.

Besides the exhibits, I was impressed with the enthusiasm & knowledge of its staff, in particular the gentleman who managed the front desk.
Written 15 March 2022
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Marion D
8 contributions
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 1 March 2020
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,278 contributions
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 26 February 2020
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Wilde_David_London_48
London, UK54 contributions
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 12 February 2020
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Debz
Noblesville, IN4 contributions
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 27 January 2020
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chris f
Brisbane, Australia94 contributions
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 26 January 2020
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Elpida Dalietou
Corfu, Greece35 contributions
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 4 January 2020
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KomalVerma
London, UK56 contributions
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 22 December 2019
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