Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

London Sights

Fan Museum

  • 12 Crooms Hill Map It
  • Greenwich

Fodor's Review

This quirky little museum is as fascinating and varied as the uniquely prized object whose artistry it seeks to chronicle. The simple fan is more than a mere fashion accessory; historically, fans can tell as much about craftsmanship and social mores as they can about fashion. There are 2,000 of them here, dating from the 17th century onward, often exquisitely crafted from ivory, mother-of-pearl, and tortoiseshell. It was the personal vision of Helene Alexander that brought this enchanting museum into being, and the workshop and conservation–study center that she has also set up ensure that this art form continues to have a future. If your interest is really piqued, you can attend three-hour fan-making workshops on the first Saturday of every month (£20 for the afternoon, and you have to bring your own paper. Space is limited to just six, so call ahead to book). Afternoon tea is served in the café on Tuesday and Sunday at 2:45 and 3:45 pm—great value at £7.

Sight Information


12 Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ER, England

Map It



Sight Details:

  • £4; £5 with tour. Seniors and disabled visitors free after 2 pm Tues.
  • Tues.–Sat. 11–5, Sun. noon–5


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in London

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss



No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.