The Fan Museum
The Fan Museum
12 Grooms Hill
020 8305 1441
020 8293 1889
The Fan Museum is the only museum in the UK entirely dedicated to the subject. The museum is housed in two early Georgian townhouses in the heart of Maritime Greenwich - A world Heritage Site. It is home to 4,000 fans and fan leaves from all over the world, dating from the 11th century onwards and displayed in changing exhibitions. Gift shop and Orangery, where Afternoon tea is served on Tuesday and Sunday afternoon at 14:15 and 15:45.
Adults: £4, Concessions: £3, Free for children under 7
Free for OAPs and Disabled on Tuesday afternoon from 2pm
National Trust members receive 50% off entrance fee
- English Heritage
- National Trust
- Museums Association
Seduced! Fans & the Art of Advertising
- 3 June — 28 September 2014 *on now
The exhibition reveals how commercial art – a dynamic, seductive art-form – emerged during the late nineteenth century to play a pivotal role in generating and sustaining a culture of consumption among the growing middle classes.
Focusing on the interwar period and the aesthetics of Art Deco, the exhibition includes a colourful array of fans made to promote leisure activities such as travel, dining & shopping. Luxury brands are equally well represented with fans advertising champagne, perfume and haute-couture.
Many of the fans exhibited feature designs by masters of commercial art including, Georges Barbier, Leonetto Cappiello and René Gruau, whose striking pochoir & chromolithographic prints evoke a remarkable age of decadence, glamour, exoticism and the birth of modern consumer culture.
- Any age
Art Fund Members FREE
National Trust Members 50% reduction
Fan Making Workshops
- 4 October 2014 2-5pm
- 1 November 2014 2-5pm
- 6 December 2014 2-5pm
The Fan Museum holds regular fan making workshops on the first Saturday afternoon of each month. These sessions are conducted by an experienced tutor who will not only provide expert guidance, but also a wealth of knowledge about the history and craft of the fan.
The classes start at 14.00hrs and last approximately 3 hours during which the participants will make two fans: one of the traditional Chinese shape, the other of the Fontange shape, an early 20th century Chinese design.
Bookings must be made in advance as numbers are limited to a maximum of six persons. For further details or to check the availability of a particular class, please contact The Fan Museum by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0208 305 1441.
Children must be over 12 and accompanied by an adult.
The cost is £20.00 per person. A (non-refundable) deposit of £5.00 is required to secure your place in the workshop.