Believe it or not, we’ve covered a Fan Museum here on the old blog once before, but we forgot the U.S. has one too. Yes, England has some competition in the hand fan department from Healdsburg, California. Located in a small room in the H2 Hotel, America’s Only Hand Fan Museum is dedicated to providing “educational and cultural enrichment to the public by utilizing the hand fan as a vehicle for teaching history, art and geography”…because everyone knows how important fans are. No sarcasm, I believe in global warming so I want to know everything there is to know about fans. Only a fraction of the 3,000 fans in the collection are on display at any given time, and the exhibits are rotated quite frequently, but it’s all good because the museum is free. There’s even a documentary. And what kind of place would this be without a shop that sells fans (not the Justin Bieber kind), ranging from one dollar paper pieces of crap to pricey vintage versions.
Unfortunately, they don’t have a “Hand Fan Museum” fan. Too meta.