From the robust selection of 18th- and 19th-century European fans to the striking Hélène Alexander Collection, as well as permanent exhibits detailing how fans are made and why they’re important, the Fan Museum makes for a quirky stop on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of London. And with an ever-rotating and expanding collection, on-site Orangery, gift shop, and Japanese garden, even return visitors will find something new to appreciate.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Fan Museum is a great destination for both art lovers and history buffs, bringing together both interests under one roof.
The on-site shop offers a wide variety of fans and fan-related gifts, from hand-painted fans to jewelry, greetings cards, and books.
Wheelchair users and those with strollers can access the ground floor of the Fan Museum via ramps, while elevators connect to higher floors.
Disabled bathrooms and wheelchairs are available.
How to Get There
Situated in the heart of Greenwich, London, the Fan Museum is well-connected by public transport. The closest overground stations are Greenwich and Cutty Sark DLR, while numerous bus routes pass by the museum—177, 180, 188, 199, 286, and 386. For visitors arriving by private vehicle, there are a selection of nearby pay-and-display car parks.
When to Get There
Typically open Tuesday–Sunday, the Fan Museum is busiest at the weekend. Visit midweek for a quieter experience and be sure to build in time to explore the surrounding Greenwich area. If you’re a return visitor, keep in mind that the displays are refreshed and revamped roughly every four months.
What to Do Nearby
Situated in the heart of Greenwich, the Fan Museum makes an excellent pit stop on a tour of the surrounding neighborhood. Visit to the majestic Cutty Sark, a 19th-century sailing ship, or stop at the National Maritime Museum to learn more about London’s seafaring past. Nearby Greenwich Park also makes the perfect place for a picnic and stroll.
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