The Hand Fan Museum in Healdsburg is the only museum in the United States dedicated solely to the display of hand fans, and is a perfect place to learn about the varied artistic and cultural uses of the seemingly simple hand fan.
The fans themselves have been used for centuries as fashion accessories, in religious and ceremonial rituals, and even in battle. The fans depict a diverse variety of beautiful scenes in many mediums and patterns that tell the stories of the cultures and individuals who have used them. The Hand Fan Museum is located at 309 Healdsburg Avenue in Healdsburg. For more information, call the museum at (707) 431-2500. www.thehandfanmuseum.com