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Love in a Mist

2nd November 2010 - 2nd February 2011

Love in a mist

Love in a Mist is the name given to a charming, delicate flower (Nigella Damascena), light blue in colour, with thin wispy grey-green sprays around it. Forget-me-not (Myosotis), the flower of love for sentimental Victorians is also pale blue and gentle as the wafting of a fan.

The exhibition of fans entitled “Love in a Mist” celebrates that perennial phenomenon which is Love in all its aspects. Fans for Eros, the god of Love, and his mythical mother Aphrodite (Venus) the goddess of Love and Beauty, hearts and amatory devices, flowers of Love, all have their place on fans which promote that great and universal feeling.

Hearts and Roses may inspire the young at heart but love at first sight is by no means a new occurrence. Biblical fans illustrate those beautiful words of the Old Testament, when Jacob first met Rachel who was “graceful and beautiful”. She was coming to water her father’s sheep at the well – a moment often depicted in Art, and there “he kissed Rachel, and was moved to tears”.

At a time when we all have to “tighten our belts”, it is good to remember that true love is still alive and well, and that “love springs eternal” – in any event at The Fan Museum.

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12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich,
London SE10 8ER


Adults: £5.00

Concessions: Info £3.00

Children (age 7-16): £3.00

National Trust Members:

50% discount on the adult price ticket

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with vaild student card)
  • Senior citizens
  • Registered disabled
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
National Trust Members:

50% discount on the Adult price tickets

Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Tuesday 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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The Fan Museum will remain closed to the public until November 2021

Museum office is open Monday to Friday 1000-1600.

The Museum office is open Monday to Friday 10.00 – 16.00 hrs. For all enquiries, please email or call 0208 305 1441.