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Flights to London England»Tourist Attractions in London» The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum

The Fan museum was opened in 1991. The Fan museum is located in the Greenwich World Heritage Site in South East London, England. It is the first museum dedicated to the fan. The Fan museum is housed in two grade. There is also a Japanese-style garden with a fan-shaped parterre, a pond, and a stream and also an orangery decorated with murals has been added to the building. The museum operates a conservation unit where work is done both for other museums and for the public. The Fan museum possesses over 4,000 fans, fan leaves and related ephemera. The oldest fan in the collection dates from the tenth century. The Fan museum also has a reference library. The collection of 18th and 19th century European fans is especially impressive.

There is also a permanent educational display about fans, teaching about their history, the manufacturing process, and the different kinds of fans. The entire collection is not displayed permanently due to conservation concerns, so three times a year the selection of fans on exhibit is changed. New fans are also made at the museum, and fan-making classes are held. The museum controls a conservation unit where work is done both for other museums and for the public. The museum is control, supervised and operated by an independent charitable trust and has received financial support from the London Tourist Board, English Heritage, the National Art Collections Fund, the Foundation for Sports and the Arts, The Heritage of London Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from many corporate and individual. All in all the Fan Museum is the first and only museum in the world devoted in its entirety to all aspects of the ancient art and craft of the fan. It has been described as "an architectural and artistic gem", and as "an oasis of tranquility".

Contact details :
General information (Tel) : 020 8305 1441
General information (Fax) : 020 8293 1889
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Open :
Tues-Sat 1100-1700
Sun 1200-1700
Closed Mon
Times may vary during school holidays

Admission charges :
Adults: £4, Concessions: £3, Free for children under 7. Free for OAPs and Disabled on Tuesday afternoon from 2pm (except for groups).

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