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Heroic Figures

01 February 2020 - 24 May 2020

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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 Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
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
Concessions: £3.00
  • 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

Wednesday Special:

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 Museum is now open Tuesday – Saturday, 11h00 – 17h00, last entry at 16h30

For any enquiries please contact us on 0208 305 1441 or by email .