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Florence Nightingale Museum

Museums, History Lambeth
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
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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.

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Florence Nightingale Museum says
Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing, one of our greatest Victorians and a female icon in her own lifetime. See the actual lamp she carried which earned her the moniker The Lady With The Lamp, meet her pet owl and see her medicine chest.
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Venue name: Florence Nightingale Museum
Address: 2 Lambeth Palace Rd
Opening hours: 10am-5pm daily
Transport: Tube: Waterloo/Westminster
Price: £3.80–£7.50
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This is not a free museum but at £7 for an adult it is genuinely worth the expense. I knew the basics about the famous nurse Miss Nightingale but this museum was seriously eye opening in giving me a full awareness of how much that woman did for healthcare in this country. A really inspiring woman.

The museum is really well done also. It divides the large hall in to 3 main spaces: her childhood and years pre nursing, her time nursing in war and her years following war when she was in bad health but still persevered with improving healthcare via writing numerous letters to the government and creating useful guidance books for both th3 medical profession and the general public.

Also her super cute pet owl ‘Athena’ is on display. Go just for that I reckon.

Lots of interactive touchscreens and headphones to listen to her life story if you’re not in to heavy museum style reading. Really well done little museum.


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.

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