Florence Nightingale Museum

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Athena, Florence Nightingale's stuffed pet owl
The museum reopened in May 2010 after a £1.4million redevelopment to mark the centenary of Nightingale's death. Touchscreen exhibits, films and an audio tour with stethoscope headphones, as well as a programme of children's activities and contemporary art displays, celebrate the nursing skills and campaigning zeal that made the Crimean War work of the Lady with the Lamp legendary. On returning from the battlefields of Scutari she opened the Nightingale Nursing School in St Thomas's Hospital, and the museum is located on the original site of the school. Displays of period mementoes – clothing, furniture, books, letters and portraits – include her stuffed pet owl, Athena.
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