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Heroic Figures

01 February 2020 - 24 May 2020

The Fan Museum’s upcoming exhibition ‘Heroic Figures’ explores the ways in which, from the eighteenth century to the present day, our perception of the hero or heroine has evolved. The role model of the eighteenth century may have been a Trojan Prince, translated into an opera or depicted in a painting, or on a fan, but today, our heroes are sportsmen and women and stars of the stage and screen. Just as the word fan has an alternative meaning in the twenty first century, so the heroic figure, the helmeted warrior, is no more.

New and old stories evolve on fans in this exhibition which reveals the unexpected and the beautiful.

Hélène Alexander
Founder/Director, The Fan Museum



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Museum Opening Times


11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)


11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)


11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)


11h00 -17h00 (last admissions 16h30)

12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich,
London SE10 8ER


Adults: £5.00

Concessions: Info £3.00

Children (age 7-12): £3.00

Free Entry for...

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for carers and disabled visitors (not as part of a group)

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with valid student card)
  • Children aged 6-17 years
  • Senior citizens
  • Registered disabled
  • Museum Association members
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Royal Museums Greenwich members
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
Free Entry for…

Children aged 6 years and under, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for senior citizens and disabled visitors (except for groups)

Please note that the discounts listed above cannot be applied when visitors are part of a large group visit or guided tour group.  Please click here for further details.

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About this Fan

Folding fan depicting Caesar returning the crown of Egypt to Cleopatra, England, c.1780s.


The Museum is open as usual Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11h00-17h00 (last admissions at 16h30).

Please note that we will be closed from Thursday 2nd June to Saturday 4th June inclusive for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

Thank you for your understanding.