The museum owes its existence to the vision of Hélène Alexander and her late husband, A.V (Dicky) Alexander. When the museum opened its doors to the public back in 1991, the Alexander’s had already been working on the project for some five years. Hélène, over a prolonged period, had amassed an internationally significant collection of fans, fan leaves and associated literature (now numbering over 4000 objects) and the founding of The Fan Museum reflected her desire to promote, conserve, and display fans to a wide audience. In the intermittent years, the museum has staged over sixty temporary exhibitions covering a diverse range of themes: from “Children in Fans” through to “Imperial Fans from The Hermitage”, visitors to the Greenwich based museum have been treated to exhibitions of great depth and artistic merit.Plan to see The Fan Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our London online trip itinerary planner .
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The Fan Museum Reviews
I traveled to London from Yorkshire on Wednesday for my first visit to this museum where I had an appointment with Mrs Alexander, a lovely lady and the founder. She has agreed to 'conserve' my Grandmo... more »
The Fan Museum in Croom Street behind the Cutty Sark, is a lovely place to visit. Fascinating history of fans and well set out exhibition. Informative guides on site and nice gift shop. The Orangery a... more »
Really charming place. Beautiful building and amazing fans - intricate, astounding designs, made from all manner of materials eg feathers, ivory, tortoiseshell; many are hundreds of years old. The Orangery where we ate is particularly beautiful. Staff are wonderful and audio guides helpful. Recommend a visit! Free to over 60s one day a week and always half price to National Trust members.
I went here with the London Pass. The museum itself is small but very interesting. The standout is The Orangery. Very beautiful and lovely afternoon tea. Worth visiting for that alone. Excellent scones.
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