The Hand Fan Museum
A fan in the Hand Fan Museum's collection from the early 20th century featuring an advertisement for spools of cotton thread.
A cat fan from the museum's collection.
Hand painted blue herons on a fan in the museum's collection.
A cardboard snoopy fan from the museum's collection.
Backstory and Context
The museum was originally located in an 80 square feet building until it was moved to a larger location within the h2hotel which the couple established in 2011. The museum owns over 3,000 fans, and exhibits are switched out regularly.
The museum's collection includes commercially made hand fans that were used for advertising purposes. They also have a collection of animal-themed fans that range from 19th century folding fans with painted images of birds to vintage cardboard snoopy fans. There are also collections of war fans, fans used by members of militaries to signal to the rest of the troops, and theater and dance fans, fans used in traditional theater or dance productions in some parts of the world.