Fan Museum

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Fan Museum

Fan Museum

This Georgian townhouse in the heart of London's Greenwich district is home to more than 4,000 antique fans, some dating back to the 11th century. The exhibits show how fans reflected the cultural surroundings of their time -- once used ceremonially to scare off evil spirits and later used as platforms for fashionable 19th-century painters. Noteworthy items include a rare elaborate depiction of the court of Louis XIV and the Grand Dauphin's 20th birthday and a design for a fan leaf by the artist Paul Gauguin. The museum itself is small, but you can extend your visit by booking afternoon tea in the elegant orangery -- a wonderful bargain at seven pounds for homemade scones and cakes, jam and a pot of tea.

Where: London, England
On the Web: thefanmuseum.org.uk

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