Zionsville, Indiana: Antique Fan MuseumThe museum, in the HQ of a fan design business, claims it is "The most comprehensive collection of air moving devices in the world."
- 10983 Bennett Pkwy, Zionsville, IN
- In the headquarters of Fanimation, a fan design company. I-465 exit 27. Drive north on US 421/Michigan Rd for a little over a mile, turn left onto 106th St. for a half-mile, then turn right onto Bennett Pkwy. Fanimation is the first big building on the right.
- M-F 10 am - 4pm. Sa-Su closed. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Antique Fan Museum
The Antique Fan Collectors Association (AFCA) museum moved from Kansas to its new location in Zionsville, Indiana, opening in 2009. The museum's 450 ceiling and desk fans include some from the 1880s, and according to their website: "battery powered fans, water powered fans, steam powered fans, belt and pulley driven fans, alcohol powered fans, wind up fans, electric hand held fans, ceiling fans, wall fans, desk fans, pedestal fans, rail car fans and fans that don't even look like fans"[Vincent S, 11/03/2011]
I was curious enough about this attraction to check it out even though I've never considered myself a collector of fans. What a pleasant surprise! With very professional and hospitable staff (it's actually a factory also) greeting me, I felt as though I had stepped back in time.... memories of days gone by and forgotten places.[K. L. Johnson, 06/08/2006]
The museum moved to Zionsville, Indiana, and reopened -- to the delight of fan collectors everywhere --in 2009.
As a lifelong Kansas resident, I was surprised to come across a flyer for the Museum of the American Fan Collectors ("the most comprehensive collection of air moving devices in the world"). The collection is said to house "over 350 fans... including many rare and one-of-a-kind items, the oldest dating back to the mid-1800's." I find this as rather ironic, as the town of Andover was hit by a devastating tornado in the early 90s. While I haven't yet stopped at the museum, it sounds like it would be pretty cool to see.[Kemper Straley, 06/11/2000]