Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum is dedicated to one of the most influential women of Victorian Britain who inspired so many people who have followed in her footsteps.

The London Pass Discover the woman behind the legend at the fascinating Florence Nightingale Museum. Normally £8.00 - Included with London Pass

Dedicated to the fascinating story of one of Victorian Britain’s most accomplished nurses, the Florence Nightingale Museum provides the perfect opportunity to learn about the inspirational life and work of Florence Nightingale and her pioneering contributions to nursing.

Visit the Florence Nightingale Museum with the London Pass®

- Discover the life and work of the most famous nurse in British history.
- View various materials from Florence Nightingale’s collection.
- Learn about the Crimean war through interactive displays.



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- Florence Nightingale Museum history

- Florence Nightingale Museum highlights

- Florence Nightingale Museum facts

- Current exhibitions

- Know before you go

- Getting in

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there



Florence Nightingale Museum history

Florence Nightingale stands as one of the most influential women in nursing history. Famously coined as the ‘Lady with the Lamp,’ Nightingale is best known for organising the nursing of sick and wounded soldiers during the Crimean war, checking her patients in the dead of night with a dimly lit lamp in hand. With a party of 38 nurses, Florence helped instigate improvements in providing food, supplies, blankets and beds, as well as improving general living conditions. 

In 1860, Nightingale established The Nightingale Training School at St Thomas’ Hospital. It was the first professional training school for nurses and aimed to transform nursing into a respectable profession for women. Nightingale was determined to improve the health and living standards for patients and nurses. She campaigned tirelessly, publishing over 200 books, reports, and pamphlets on hospital planning and organisation that are still widely read today, including her most famous work Nursing: What it is and What it is Not.

Nightingale’s methodologies were revolutionary for her time, and her teachings are still relevant today. She discovered a connection between how infection prevention and a healthy diet can aid recovery and established a unique ward design, known as Nightingale Wards, in response. Nightingale also established a need for specialist midwifery nurses in the hospital and set up a School of Midwifery Nursing at King’s College Hospital, which became the standard model for the rest of the country. 

Aptly located within St Thomas’ Hospital, the Florence Nightingale Museum first opened to the public in 1989. Explore the work and life of the ‘mother of nurses,’ from her childhood through to the Crimean war. Learn how this inspirational woman entered into the nursing profession, what lead her to the Crimea, and how she revolutionised nursing practices. 

The museum houses an extensive collection of Nightingale’s materials, including over 800 of her letters and her rare book collection consisting of over. Additionally, view articles from the Crimean War, nursing artefacts, and interactive displays of photographs, maps, films and stories of various historical figures who worked closely with Nightingale. 

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Florence Nightingale Museum highlights

  • Discover the life and work of Florence Nightingale, the most famous nurse in British history.
  • View various materials from Florence Nightingale’s collection, including personal letters and nursing equipment.
  • Learn about the casualties of the Crimean war and the living conditions of soldiers and nurses. 
  • Fully immerse yourself in Victorian history with interactive displays featuring film, photographs and stories from key historical figures. 

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Florence Nightingale Museum facts

  • Florence Nightingale helped popularise the Pie Chart commonly used today.
  • Nightingale was the first woman to be elected to the Royal Statistical Society.
  • In 1908, Nightingale was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.
  • Nightingale was fluent in English, French, German and Italian. She also had a decent grasp of Latin and classical Greek.
  • Florence personally wrote letters home on behalf of dying soldiers.

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Current exhibitions

Spanish Flu Exhibition
21 September 2018 – 19 January 2020 

As the First World War drew to a close, the world was hit by yet another disaster, the Spanish Flu. This fascinating exhibition details the effects and symptoms of this deadly disease, how it spread across the globe, causing more devastating casualties than the great war, and the radical ‘treatments’ adopted at the time. Additionally, learn about the efforts of nurses inspired by Florence Nightingale tasked to halting the epidemic.

Learn more about this exhibition here.

Themed Talks

Learn about Florence’s challenges growing up in Victorian Britain through the museum’s themed talks. From her inspiration as a child and her studies under a scholar farther to later life, marriage and her nursing legacy, these talks take visitors through critical stages of Nightingale’s life and passions. 

Meet Miss Nightingale

Roleplay meets storytime with the Meet Miss Nightingale performance. Hear about the exciting and, at times, dangerous challenges she faced. How she overcame prejudice to pursue a life as a nurse. Her involvement in the Crimean War. And her lifelong support of the British army, which lead her to earn the support of Queen Victoria.

Performances start at 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm every Saturday.

Meet Mary Seacole

Florence Nightingale was instrumental in lessening the fatalities in the Crimean War, but she wasn’t the only famous nurse to provide aid. Mary Seacole’s upbringing also greatly influenced her life and career. Born in Jamaica to a Scottish father who served in the British army, and a Jamaican mother who was a highly skilled docteress, it seems almost natural that Seacole pursued a career in medicine and found her way to Crimea, to aid the soldiers. 

This interactive performance details her fascinating life, curing diseases and even entertaining soldiers at her famous British hotel. 

Florence Nightingale’s London
6 March 2020 – 22 September 2020

Delve deeper into Florence Nightingale’s legacy with a 2.5-hour walking tour. The tour takes visitors around various London locations where Florence helped shaped history. The tour begins at the corner of Park Lane and ends at the Florence Nightingale Museum.

For additional information on tour dates and booking, please visit the official attraction page.

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Know before you go

  • The museum offers a free introductory tour at 3.30 on weekdays and 11.30 on weekends. There is no need to book, just turn up and join in, but be sure to arrive in good time to make the most of this feature.
  • The museum offers visitors introduction documents in multiple languages which guests can download in several languages. Additionally, highlights tours are available in Italian and German for an additional fee. Be sure to check out the official attraction website before your visit for more information.

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Getting in

  • Present your London Pass® at the main entrance to redeem your general admission ticket.
  • Please note: Groups over 15 must book in advance.
  • The last entrance to the museum is at 4.30 pm.

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Make the most of your London Pass®

  • If you are interested in learning about more key British historical figures and British politics, then the Churchill War Rooms is just a short walk from the Florence Nightingale Museum.
  • See London from the River Thames with a Thames Riverboat cruise, included with the London Pass®. Hop off at the Westminster Pier on your way to the Florence Nightingale Museum. 

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How to get there

The Florence Nightingale Museum opens every day from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. 

Train
- Waterloo Station

Underground
- Lambeth North
- Waterloo Underground station

 

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Getting to Florence Nightingale Museum

Getting to Florence Nightingale Museum

  • Florence Nightingale Museum 2 Lambeth Palace Road London SE1 7EW

Opening Times

All Year Round
Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Last Admission: 16.30

Closed:

The Florence Nightingale Museum is closed from the 21 – 27 December & 31 December – 1 January 2020.

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