Florence Nightingale Museum

Florence Nightingale Museum
2 Lambeth Palace Road
South Bank
Greater London




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(020) 7620 0374


(020) 7928 1760

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Florence Nightingale Museum
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Discover the woman behind the legend.

Did you know?
* Florence Nightingale did not want to become famous and disliked sitting for portraits or photographs
* She struggled for years to persuade her parents to let her become a nurse
* As well as caring for people, she loved animals and even carried a pet owl around in her pocket

Born into a wealthy family Florence Nightingale yearned for more than the typical Victorian lady’s lifestyle. Now an internationally recognised figure, her reputation is well deserved.

At the Florence Nightingale Museum you will discover how her impact has been far-reaching in so many fields. She is remembered throughout the world for her work during the Crimean War and as the founder of modern nursing, although this was actually only a fraction of her achievement.

Find out about a passionate statistician, writer, campaigner, educationalist and hospital planner whose legacy lives on into the 21st century. Original objects include personal mementos, including her pet owl Athena, prints, paintings, souvenirs from the Crimean War and symbols of nursing.

A video, guided tours, activity sheets for children and regular events will help you to make the most of your visit.

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Opening hours

Daily 10.00-17.00

Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day

Admission charges

Adults £7.00
Child / Concession £4.80
Children under 5: Free
Friends: Free
Family (2 adults + up to 5 children) £17.00
Group rates available (prebooked groups only)
Make your admission fee go even further by giving through Gift Aid. The Museum can benefit from Tax Relief by claiming back from the Inland Revenue the basic rate of 28p tax for every £1.00 you give us. Once you sign up for Gift Aid you are entitled to one year’s free entry to the Museum, enabling you to enjoy our special events again and again!

To sign up for Gift Aid, the visitor needs to be a UK taxpayer and the amount they pay in income or capital gains tax must at least equal the amount the Museum will claim in the tax year.


  • Museums Association

The collection has its origin in the 'Nightingalia' which was the pride of the Matrons of St Thomas' Hospital in Lambeth from the early twentieth century. It includes artefacts owned or used by Florence Nightingale, including her pet owl Athena and the medicine chest she took with her to the Crimea. It also includes material connected with the Crimean War, military, hospital and nursing objects connected with the Nightingale Training School and St Thomas' Hospital (1860-1910).

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Medicine, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Nursing
  • Crimean Nurses
  • Medical History
  • Crimean War
  • St Thomas' Hospital
  • Nightingale Training School
  • Simpson Lithographs
  • Victorian Costume
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
And The Band Played On

And The Band Played On

  • 11 November — 22 December 2014 *on now

The Florence Nightingale Museum will mark the centenary of the First World War with a special art installation acknowledging the grim reality of war. And The Band Played On opens on 11th November 2014 and is the work of the internationally acclaimed sculptor and medical artist Eleanor Crook. The piece consists of five life-size sculptures of soldiers from different wars in history, all suffering from appalling facial injuries and displaying the reconstructive plastic surgery techniques of their time. They are performing in a military brass band with antique and battered instruments, a melancholy parade. Never before displayed in Britain, the sculptures are dressed in authentic period uniforms and bear documented injuries from various conflicts, including the Crimean War, the First World War and the present day. The piece recognizes the skill of wartime plastic surgeons and nurses as well as the immense bravery and fellowship of the wounded servicemen and women, both during history and today. The exhibition is generously funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Included in general admission for the Florence Nightingale Museum



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Family trail: Special Christmas trail

  • 20 December 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

Follow our Christmas trail through the museum, then create your own board game at home.


Free with admission

Family art event: Owl making

  • 29 December 2014

Athena was Florence Nightingale's favouite pet owl. Come and create your own pet owl to take home in this drop-in families art and craft session.

Drop-in: 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

Suitable for families with children aged 4-12


Free with admission

Family art event: 'Florence at home' 2015 calendar

  • 2 January 2015 11am-4pm

Create your own 2015 calendar with a scene of Florence Nightingale.

Drop-in: 11am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm

Suitable for families with children aged 4-12



Free with admission

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Why do we remember Florence Nightingale?

Educational sessions to support KS1, unit 4. Three different sessions, Costume handling, using 5 replica costumes, 'A visit with Miss Nightingale', with an actress in character Miss Nightingale describes her life and what happened as a result of her work, and 'A Visit with Miss Nightingale's Maid', with an actress in character as 'Florrie', Florence Nightingale's maid describes what Miss Nightingale was really like and what life was like for a Victorian servant. With all sessions we offer a set of hands-on activities around the Museum including real and replica handling objects, photographs, prints and worksheets

How to obtain

Once a teacher has booked a session at the Museum the Primary Visit pack will be sent out. This contains all details about the visit and all photocopiable worksheets.
All other resources can be purchased from our shop.
To make a booking call the Museum on 020 7620 0374
For further information or to use our webshop visit our website www.florence-nightingale.co.uk