AFCA Antique Fan Museum

AFCA Antique Fan Museum The AFCA Museum is located at Fanimation. It holds the largest collection of fans (2000+)available for viewing to the public, ranging from 1885-Present.

All of the fans belong to members of the Antique Fan Collectors Association. Antique Fan Collectors [email protected]

Fanimation is home to the Antique Fan Collectors Museum. Every fan on display belongs to a collector and a member of the Antique Fan Collectors Association. The Association has over 750 members worldwide and has been in existence since 1995. Prior to 2009, the AFC Museum was hoste

All of the fans belong to members of the Antique Fan Collectors Association. Antique Fan Collectors [email protected]

Fanimation is home to the Antique Fan Collectors Museum. Every fan on display belongs to a collector and a member of the Antique Fan Collectors Association. The Association has over 750 members worldwide and has been in existence since 1995. Prior to 2009, the AFC Museum was hoste

Operating as usual

08/07/2021

A rooftop video of today’s event at the Fan Museum

Today’s event at the Fan Museum
08/07/2021

Today’s event at the Fan Museum

06/25/2021

The Antique Fan Collectors Museum is Now open for visitors. Hours are Mon - Fri 9:00 - 3:00

Here are some pictures of the project. The original aluminum frame was salvaged and was the starting point for the redes...
02/03/2021

Here are some pictures of the project. The original aluminum frame was salvaged and was the starting point for the redesign. Tom spent considerable time on the design phase of the project. Once he finished, then the machining and fabrication began. After that, the frame work for the cabinet was built and the machinery was placed inside. Then the external skin and top were constructed. The wiring for the project is a complicated map and is where we're at right now. We tested it yesterday and have to change a couple of hookups to make it operate correctly. Once it passes, it'll be set up to see if all components work together. Once that's done, then everything will be torn down and the final paint, finishing, and detail work will begin. When that's all done, The dumbwaiter will be reassembled and placed in it's new home in the museum...Hopefully we can show it off later this year. An interesting part of the project is we're using a 120 year old Crocker-Wheeler motor to power the dumbwaiter. With Bill Fanum's help, we rewound the fields to give the motor more power.

The Museum has been closed to the public since March of last year. This doesn't mean we haven't been busy. We reached ou...
02/03/2021

The Museum has been closed to the public since March of last year. This doesn't mean we haven't been busy. We reached out to collectors to help expand the Emerson timeline and the response has been good. We'll have another 16 Emerson fans so far, and hopefully more by the time everyone checks their collections to see what they can loan.
Since October, the shop has been working on a new display to show off. It's not fan related yet, but is a part of Casablanca/Fanimation history. It is a custom made dumbwaiter that Tom designed and built for a restaurant here in Indianapolis back in 1980. Thru a series of events, it is now back and is going thru a complete redesign. Here are pics of how it looked originally

The Museum has been closed to the public since March of last year. This doesn't mean we haven't been busy. We reached out to collectors to help expand the Emerson timeline and the response has been good. We'll have another 16 Emerson fans so far, and hopefully more by the time everyone checks their collections to see what they can loan.
Since October, the shop has been working on a new display to show off. It's not fan related yet, but is a part of Casablanca/Fanimation history. It is a custom made dumbwaiter that Tom designed and built for a restaurant here in Indianapolis back in 1980. Thru a series of events, it is now back and is going thru a complete redesign. Here are pics of how it looked originally

08/06/2020

The Ceiling Fan Kids are hosting an event at the AFC Museum on Saturday August 15th, 2020. Please read the following information:

Due to Covid-19 the August 15 museum event will be confined to the fan museum and restoration shop. Fanimation offices, warehouse and display areas will be NOT be accessible. Each attendee must sign a waiver. We will limit the head count to 20 people at a time inside. Social distancing and masks will be mandatory. Fanimation will provide masks, gloves hand sanitizer and outside we are providing portable toilets and a hand wash station. Fanimation restrooms will be available for the handicap. The museum will be open from 9:00a to 4:00p.

The Museum has been closed since the middle of March 2020. It will remain closed to the general public until it is deeme...
07/06/2020

The Museum has been closed since the middle of March 2020. It will remain closed to the general public until it is deemed safe to reopen. While closed, we are busily adding to displays, so be prepared to be awed when we do reopen.

03/16/2020

Due to the current situation enveloping the U.S., Fanimation has closed the AFC Museum until further notice.

10/25/2019

Jandus round ball gyro fan, DC with strobe light looks so amazing.

10/25/2019

Something fun Kim has been working on! Round ball Jandus gyro fan , 1905, DC

08/13/2019

And here is Guest Book post #2, interesting comments!

Birthday! Turned 3
My baby boy loves it! :)
4 years old FANatic!
Cool!!!
Gorgeous collection!
Love it as always!
Sweeet fans!
History revisited
Lots of "Wow!"
Lots of "Fantastic!"
Lots of "Interesting"
Lots of "Fan-tastic" and "Fan-tastic experience!"
Very cool! Pun intended (we know)
I'm a fan
Thank you so much, a dream come true
Kim Frank gave us a good time! (I'm sure!)
We're in love with this place! Thank you!!!
Enjoyed your wonderful museum
Rock it!
Genial!
Happy 4th birthday to Mav! #ceilingfanaddiction
Learned a lot! Great tour!
Beautifully displayed, interesting
Great tour!! Everyone should see this place!! Thank you!!
Multiple time visitor---AWESOME PLACE!
You all made my Dad's day, thank you!

And, lots of "awesome" which is also the last entry written yesterday from a family from LaPorte, Indiana!

Well, it's been over a year since the last time I compiled a list of where our Museum visitors have come from.  We have ...
08/13/2019

Well, it's been over a year since the last time I compiled a list of where our Museum visitors have come from. We have a guest book for visitors to sign and leave a comment. Since July 20, 2018, we have gone through 20 pages, which have 16 entries per page, so that's 320 sign-ins. Lots of those are for more than one person (sometimes a family.) Not everyone who visits signs the book, either, but here is just a sample of places they came from (I didn't include the many visitors we have from all over Indiana!)

Washington State
Newark, OH
Staunton, VA
Phoenix, AZ
North Carolina
Post Falls, ID
San Diego, CA
Chicago, IL
Hollis, NH
Los Angeles,CA
Mobery, MO
Bixby, OK
Arlington, TX
Juneau, AK
Fallston, MD
Altoona, Iowa
Peoria, IL
Grand Rapids, MI
Nebraska
Minneapolis, MN
Dallas, TX
Montreal, Quebec
Melbourne, FL
Dayton, OH
Olathe, KS
Germany
Tennessee
Madison, AL
Madison, WI
Corbin, KY
Oxford, MS
Hamden, CT
Bethlehem, PA
Athens, GA
Peru

07/18/2019

The Antique Fan Museum is a cool place to be today! Turn on your fans to stay cool during the heat wave. 🌞 Fanimation

07/17/2019

The Antique Fan Collectors Association members are in Indy this week for the annual Fanfair! This year sponsored by Tom Frampton and Kim Frank. Lots of extra visitors to the museum.

The INDY 500 chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America visited the museum this morning.
04/27/2019

The INDY 500 chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America visited the museum this morning.

The second Annual Meet at the Museum is over and in the history books. We had 77 collectors attend of the three day even...
10/01/2018

The second Annual Meet at the Museum is over and in the history books. We had 77 collectors attend of the three day event, along with lots of local visitors. Fan Collectors came from Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, and, of course, Indiana. The tent was full of fans for show and tell, display, or for sale. The museum was open for touring and the shop was open for anyone wanting to work on their fan. The first arrival was around 11:00 am Thursday and the last persons to leave headed out around 6:30 Saturday evening. The grill was kept busy all three afternoons with dogs, burgers, and brats cooking. Coffee and donuts, along with other refreshments, were served up on Friday and Saturday mornings. The weather was a bit warm on Thursday and Friday, then Saturday it was cool and breezy. The rain stayed away again this year. All in all, a lot of fun. Now we'll be getting ready for next year's Fan Fair, held July 17 - 20, 2019. This will be the fourth time that Indianapolis has hosted the event. A big Thanks to all who made the trip this year.

This is being added to the GE time line in the museum. It is a custom fabrication of a 1905 12 inch GE swivel trunnion f...
09/01/2018

This is being added to the GE time line in the museum. It is a custom fabrication of a 1905 12 inch GE swivel trunnion fan. While GE never made this model, perhaps they should have. It was made by cutting off the motor face of a spare housing, adding a floating bearing, and using it in place of the rear motor cover. I replaced the rotor shaft with an extended one and repitched a set of blades. The motor was rewound to carry the extra load of an additional blade. This type of fan was call a partners fan and could be placed between two desks, with each person receiving a cooling breeze. Marelli made an example of this fan and there is some ongoing discussion as to whether Westinghouse or Robbins and Myers made one too. As I mentioned, GE never made this type of fan, but it was fabricated to appear as if were. In the coming weeks, we will be adding a Westinghouse column Sidewinder and a Safety Car Heating and Lighting column breeze spreader to the downstairs museum.

07/20/2018

Guest book part 2 - great comments, and I am not exaggerating about the exclamation marks, and fan puns:
Love it! Awesome! Holy cow! Overwhelmed. 3rd time here, always getting better! "Fan"tastic! Very cool. Kids love fans! Sensory overload! "Fan-tabulous" We're huge fans! Amazing! Fancy fans!

We have a guest book here at the Fan Museum. Have you signed it??   We get visitors from all around Indiana, the USA and...
07/20/2018

We have a guest book here at the Fan Museum. Have you signed it?? We get visitors from all around Indiana, the USA and the world! I thought I'd share a sample of the places people have traveled from:
San Juan Capistrano, CA!
Stuart, FL
St. Louis, MO
Graber, IN
New York, NY
Evanston, IL
New Berlin, WI
Nappanee, IN
Peoria, IL
Wichita, KS
Vienna, VA
Ontario, Canada
Spearfish, SD
Uckfield, United Kingdom
Tucson, AZ
San Diego, CA
Big Island, HI
Ames, IA
Sacramento, CA
Grand Rapids, MI
Falling Waters, WV
Atlanta, GA
Knoxville, TN
Holland, OH
Wakefield, MA
Denver, CO
Argentina
Albuquerque, NM
Seattle, WA
Yardley, PA
Madison, AL
Lincoln, NE
Marshville, NC
Texas
White Plains, KY
Little Rock,AR
Preston, MS
Naples, FL
St. Paul, MN
Bielefeld, Germany
Bixby, OK

04/25/2018

The April 28 Group Museum Tour is Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00pm. Our location is Fanimation, 10983 Bennett Parkway, Zionsville, Indiana 46077. This is the quarterly meet put on by Dan Neumann. It is an informal gathering of fan enthusiasts enjoying all of the different types of fans on display. All of the ceiling fans in the upstairs museum are operational. Lunch will be served at 12:00 Let us know if you will be attending. Contact me at [email protected]

Zionsville Magazine
01/16/2018
Zionsville Magazine

Zionsville Magazine

Did you miss our January cover story on the AFCA Antique Fan Museum in Zionsville, Indiana - Town of Zionsville? It will blow you away! Read more below.

Visiting today from Austin, TX are Jessica with son Kingston and daughter Cali. Kingston already knew the museum from th...
08/15/2017

Visiting today from Austin, TX are Jessica with son Kingston and daughter Cali. Kingston already knew the museum from the Youtube videos...😉

08/04/2017
Fanimation

Fanimation

If you're in the Indianapolis area, tune in to Fox 59 WXIN Indianapolis this Friday morning for a #YourTownFriday visit to our Antique Fan Museum by Lindy Thackston.

Tom has added these fans to his collection. They all came from a long time collector who decided to cull the herd. Of th...
07/23/2017

Tom has added these fans to his collection. They all came from a long time collector who decided to cull the herd. Of the 45+ fans, thirty are examples not currently on display in the museum. I went Thursday and negotiated the deal and once done, loaded them in the van. The owner lives in a three story Victorian home with no air conditioning. About 40 of the fans were on the second and third floors, so I got a good workout getting them down and moved outside. Of the doubles that Tom got in this purchase, he has decided that we'll start a display case for visitors to be able to buy an antique fan if they wish.
Over the next few weeks, I will be going thru these fans and getting them ready for display in the museum.

Today's featured museum visitors.Left are Robert, Rosemary and Robbie Zazzera from Bethlehem Pa. Right are Jenna and her...
07/20/2017

Today's featured museum visitors.

Left are Robert, Rosemary and Robbie Zazzera from Bethlehem Pa. Right are Jenna and her son Colin from Wisconsin.

It's been a while since the last post. We've been busy with all sorts of projects. We will be adding to the  ceiling fan...
07/03/2017

It's been a while since the last post. We've been busy with all sorts of projects. We will be adding to the ceiling fan collection down stairs with 40 fans to be installed by the years end. In addition to that, we have several fans that have been added to the displays. A Marelli Atlas fan, a 1st variant 1908 BMY, along with three 14 inch GE's and a pair of Lynn Works. Here are a couple of pics of the Marelli and 1898 14 inch GE....

07/03/2017

It's been awhile but we've been busy. Some of the new additions to the museum are a Marelli Atlas fan, a GE Small Motor Yoke, an 1898 14 inch GE, a 1899 14 inch GE, and a 1900 14 inch GE. A new Zephyr hangs from the ceiling downstairs, along with 4 beltdrive fans. We will be adding an addition 36 ceiling fans to the downstairs museum over ther next month or so, including Guths, Dallas Airplane fans, and a Veritys Orbital CF.

06/12/2017
Casablanca memorabilia circa the 1970's,Order of the day: Jump in and hang on...🌪
04/26/2017

Casablanca memorabilia circa the 1970's,
Order of the day: Jump in and hang on...🌪

03/11/2017

Another new addition. The Veritys. A 16" fan made in Birmingham, England.

03/11/2017

The newest addition to the museum is a revolving display stand powered by a fan. The star was designed by Eddie Frank and the entirety of the stand was restored by Kim Frank.

AFCA Antique Fan Museum
02/13/2017

AFCA Antique Fan Museum

From the 2017 Group Travel Guide for Indiana

Address

10983 Bennett Parkway
Zionsville, IN
46077

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm

Telephone

(317) 733-4113

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Museum T-shirts Small - ###L...$20 each

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Fanimation is home to the Antique Fan Collectors Museum. Every fan on display belongs to a collector and a member of the Antique Fan Collectors Association. The Association has over 750 members worldwide and has been in existence since 1995. Prior to 2009, the AFC Museum was hosted by Vornado in Wichita, Kansas. It had around 450 fans on display. Since coming to Fanimation in 2009, the museum occupies two floors and has close to 2000 fans and fan related items on display. We offer guided tours Monday through Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm. With advance notice, we will open the museum on weekends for tours.

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As we took a trip to Cincinnati our Dad wanted to visit the Fan Museum (Fanimation) Zionsville, IN which was on the way to Cincinnati. We asked my Mom to sneak one of his Emerson fans that he repaired and repainted in the truck to place in the Fan Museum. He was overwhelmed with joy when he saw his Fan. The Fan museum staff, George Durbin, Kim and other representatives were awesome! If you ever visit the Fan Museum look for James Virginia’s Emerson Fan! Thank you Fanimation Staff for a memory that will be replayed for years to come! Your museum is a great place to visit!
As we took a trip to Cincinnati our Dad wanted to visit the Fan Museum (Fanimation) Zionsville, IN which was on the way to Cincinnati. We asked my Mom to sneak one of his Emerson fans that he repaired and repainted in the truck to place in the Fan Museum. He was overwhelmed with joy when he saw his Fan. The Fan museum staff, George Durbin, Kim and other representatives were awesome! If you ever visit the Fan Museum look for James Virginia’s Emerson Fan! Thank you Fanimation Staff for a memory that will be replayed for years to come!
So my 8 year old spotted these odd fans at Opryland (instead of the cool stuff in the store, of course 😉). There's a belt that runs between them that I presume makes them turn. Wonder if they're truly old, or just made to look that way?
Here’s a video of information regarding the upcoming group trip.
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We have found these in our attic. The house has been in our family for 100 years. Do you have any idea what we should do with them? Or what type of price to put on them? If anyone has thoughts or ideas please get back with me. Thanks Amy Mowrey