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The Fan Museum

#247 of 1,557 things to do in London
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Address: 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER, England
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+44 20 8305 1441
11:00 - 17:00
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Great unusual museum

For anyone interested in the history, manufacture, and design of fans, this place is a must. A quirky museum with rooms devoted to the development and design of the different... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Tricia B
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For anyone interested in the history, manufacture, and design of fans, this place is a must. A quirky museum with rooms devoted to the development and design of the different types of fans; there was an interesting exhibition about fans with biblical themes, something as a historian I'd never come across before. The staff were very friendly, knowledgeable, and eager... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Fan Museum with my ten year old daughter. The Museum is small but well presented and full of information about fans. The temporary exhibition about Biblical fans was particularly interesting to me as I remember my Grandmother talking about old ladies using fans in chapel in the early part of the twentieth century. The actual museum is... More 

Thank Sarah J
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our volunteers to the fan museum for their Christmas treat. We all felt welcomed from the moment we walked through the door. The orangery was the perfect setting and the afternoon tea was delightful. The tour was very informative and interesting and what made it extra special was Mrs Alexander the founder spent some time with us -... More 

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Dartford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

While on a walking tour of Greenwich we came across the Fan Museum and as it was open we decide on a visit. It costs £4 per adult, £3 for concessions (and I believe there is a discount for National Trust members). There are three rooms downstairs, the main entrance hall, with a few exhibits, a second room full of... More 

Thank Peter R
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

I went here with a group of friends, primarily for afternoon tea, although we did also look round the fan museum. Afternoon tea was good value for money with a delicious selection of cakes. The victoria sponge was so light, it melted in my mouth. Afternoon tea was served in a lovely consevatory type room, that was painted in greenery... More 

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El Ejido, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

This was a great experience. We spent the whole day in Greenwich. In the morning we went to the Maritime Museum and the Queen´s House. At midday we ate at Greenwich Market (great food and super reasonably priced) and walked around the stalls. In the afternoon we walked up to the Observatory (lovely views) and then went down to the... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

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 

Thank Marie D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 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 November 2016

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 29 October 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.

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