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A Quick Overview of Fan Museum
The Fan Museum was the first museum dedicated to the fan and opened in 1991. It is located within two grade II* listed houses built in 1721 in the Greenwich World Heritage Site in southeast London, England.
Along with the museum, there is an orangery decorated with murals, a Japanese-style garden with a fan-shaped parterre, a pond and a stream. The Fan Museum owns over 4,000 fans, fan leaves and related ephemera.
- The oldest fan in the collection dates from the 10th century and the collection of 18th and 19th century European fans is extensive.
- The entire collection is not displayed permanently due to conservation concerns, so three times a year the selection of fans on exhibit is changed.
- There is also a permanent educational display which teaches about fan history, manufacturing processes, and the various forms of fan.