Art & Culture

Paris Fan Museum

We have repeatedly noted that Parisian sights are not limited with Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Of course, we exaggerate, however, in addition to advertised museums, churches and cabarets in Paris, there are many interesting places that are not known to a wide circle of people. One of these is the Fan Museum.

Paris is a city of fashion and art, and fans definitely belong to both categories. It is difficult to imagine a fashionable European lady of the 18th or 19th century without this element of wardrobe. 🙂

And if you have a desire to get acquainted with the fans in their various displays, you can visit the Fan Museum, located at 2 Boulevard de Strasbourg, Paris, 75010 (the nearest metro station is Strasbourg Saint-Denis). It is not caressed by the attention of tourists, and you will find it only thanks to a small signboard, but believe us, this museum is unusual and interesting.

The Fan Museum consists of only two rooms at the workshop of Anne Hoguet – a talented master of making and restoring fans. Anne is a hereditary fan specialist. She continues the family business, founded by her ancestor in 1872.

Of course, nowadays a rare beauty has a fan in her «arsenal», but nevertheless the workshop is active. Anne Hoguet creates and restores fans for theatrical plays and films; for fashion houses, using them in the presentations of their collections.

In the museum, visitors can get acquainted with the process of fans manufacturing, look at the machines and tools, raw materials – wood, turtle shell, ivory, pearls…

But the Fan Museum is fans, first of all. The exhibition consists of a thousand of delightful items of the 18th, 19th and 20th century – real works of art. Each fan has its own name and history, with which you can familiarize yourself personally.

The Fan Museum is open from Monday to Wednesday (2:00-6:00 p.m.), the ticket price is 6.5 Euro.

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