The Fan Museum is home to more than 4,000 predominantly antique fans from around the world, dating from the 11th century to the present day. Its collections, along with fans on loan from other collections, are displayed in changing themed exhibitions in which fans are presented in their historical, sociological and economic contexts.

Visitors can enjoy the designs of these unique items which have served many purposes over the centuries: as cooling & winnowing devices, ceremonial tools, fashionable accessories, status symbols, commemorative presents or advertising giveaways.

Exhibitions & Tickets

Opening information

Tuesday - Saturday: 11am - 5pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm

Entrance information

Adults: £4

* Concessions: £3

Children (under 7): Free

Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): £10

National Trust members: 50% discount (upon presentation of membership card)

* students (upon presentation of NUS card), senior citizens, Art Fund, English Heritage, Friends of The Horniman, Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum, and Members of the National Maritime Museum


Voted 'Best Value Afternoon Tea' by the Telegraph newspaper (March 2012).

Afternoon Tea costs:
£6.00 per person (tea / coffee, scones, cream and jam, and homemade cakes)

Afternoon Tea is served Tuesdays and Sundays only - Booking Strongly Advised! We serve tea in two sittings: 2:15pm and 3:45pm.

Please email: [email protected] or phone 020 8305 1441.
On weekends, it is advisable to phone rather than email your reservation as emails cannot be checked on a regular basis

Please note that all visitors wishing to take refreshments in the Orangery are required to pay an admission charge. The Orangery does NOT serve any form of refreshments at any other times than those stated above (unless by prior arrangement).

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Exhibitions & Tickets
12 Crooms Hill
SE10 8ER
United Kingdom
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