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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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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

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

From Wednesday 12th June onwards, until otherwise stated, the Museum will be open for general entry from 11:00am-1:00pm, closed to the public between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, and open again from 2:00pm until last entry at 4:30pm. Doors will close as usual at 5:00pm.

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