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.
Founder/Director, The Fan Museum
Dido excoriating Aeneas, folding fan, Italy, c.1700 The Death of Cleopatra, folding fan, France, c.1750s Heroes of the Unification of Italy, folding fan, France, c.1849 Caesar Returns the Crown of Egypt to Cleopatra, folding fan, English, c.1780s
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Since opening to the public in 1991, The Fan Museum's programme of temporary exhibitions has covered an extraordinary range of fan-related topics. Explore the archive here.
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Museum Admission Pricing
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Family ticket (up to 2 Adults and up to 3 Children, also 1 Adult and 4 Children): £10.00
- Students (with vaild student card)
- Senior citizens
- English Heritage
- Friends of The Horniman
- Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
- Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
Free Entry for…
Children under 7, Disabled visitors and carers, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members
Free entry for senior citizens.
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. Group Bookings
About this Fan
Folding fan depicting Caesar returning the crown of Egypt to Cleopatra, England, c.1780s.
The Fan Museum’s opening times each week are Wednesday to Saturday 11h00-17h00, with last entries at 16h30 each day.
Our latest exhibition, ‘Boxed In, Fanned Out: Fans and their Boxes’, is open from 3rd November and will run into the New Year.
Tickets for Museum by Candlelight, our special Christmas late-opening experience, are now on sale. Book now to secure your place!
Opening times may vary in line with public holidays. We will attempt to keep our channels updated in this case.
Our Orangery is not open as a public tearoom.
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