Florence Nightingale Museum

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Florence Nightingale Museum
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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 Florence Nightingale 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. Hands-on children activities such as Vicotorian writing lessons and family trails take place on most weekends at the Florence Nightingale Museum.
Venue name: Florence Nightingale Museum
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Address: 2 Lambeth Palace Rd
London
SE1 7EW
Opening hours: 10am-5pm daily
Transport: Tube: Waterloo/Westminster
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I've lived in London for 18 years and thought I knew of every museum in town, but I only found out about this one when I looked at Timeout's latest story on literary London, which listed the Peter Pan exhibit here. Before you go into that exhibit, wander around this excellent museum and appreciate the sacrifices and successes of modern nurses. In addition to exhibits on Florence Nightingale and her innovations that saved hundreds of lives, you'll find an exhibit on Edith Cavell, executed by the Germans during World War I. You may not be moved byher photos and books, but you will be moved by her stuffed dog who accompanied her in life on her nursing rounds. The video and audio recordings of nurses discussing their work since the time of Nightingale and Cavell will remind you that doctors may diagnose the ill and wounded but nurses heal them.