Globe Trotting at London’s Fan Museum

Feather fan from London's Fan Museum © Fan Museum

Feather fan from London's Fan Museum

Ethnographic fans from the collections of The Fan Museum.

Take a tour around the world through The Fan Museum's eclectic new exhibition, Globe Trotting. Discover ethnographic examples from Africa, South America and the Caribbean, alongside contemporary tourist ‘souvenirs’.

Learn about the extraordinary accomplishment that goes into making the fans and how, throughout history, fan makers have used remarkably similar construction techniques, materials and design aesthetics to produce these extraordinary pieces.

Uniquely dedicated to fans

The Fan Museum - the UK's only museum dedicated to fans and fan making - is home to over 4,000 antique fans from around the world. They have many different purposes, from ceremonial tools and fashion accessories to status symbols and advertising devices.

Admission to the exhibition also includes entry to the museum's fascinating permanent collection. Explore pieces from the 17th century to the present day, as well as works by Dali and Sickert. And get an introduction into fans: their construction, purpose and the materials used.

Plan your visit

  • Globe Trotting: Ethnographic Fans from the collections of the Fan Museum
  • The Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER
  • 3 September to 31 December 2013
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday, 12-5pm
  • Cutty Sark DLR or Greenwich DLR/rail

Our London Partners

The Fan Museum is one of our 12 National Trust Partner attractions in London. National Trust members receive a 50 per cent discount on admission at The Fan Museum on presentation of a valid membership card.

Visit The Fan Museum website