Florence Nightingale Museum
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.
Open daily, 1000-1700.
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.
Child (under 16) £3.80
Small Family (one adult and up to three children) £13.00
Large Family (two adults and up to three children) £18.00
Children under five are free.
- 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).
Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Medicine, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Crimean Nurses
- Medical History
- Crimean War
- St Thomas' Hospital
- Nightingale Training School
- Simpson Lithographs
- Victorian Costume
Take Me to Neverland: Peter Pan from Play to Book and Beyond
- 12 May — 30 October 2016 *on now
Using the magical collection from Great Ormond Street Hospital, Take Me to Neverland: Peter Pan from Play to Book and Beyond tells the real story behind Peter Pan. Discover the origins of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, from the success of the 1904 play to the many adaptations that have continued to inspire both children and adults over the past century.
The exhibition will include early editions with classic illustrations of the story including works by Mabel Lucie Atwell and Arthur Rackham, and Peter Pan’s Postbag, a collection of children’s letters sent to Peter Pan from 1906-14. Also on display is one of the original bells that was used as the “voice” of Tinker Bell in the 1904 play and a selection of Peter Pan memorabilia never before displayed in public.
- Any age
Free with admission
Family Activities: Peter Pan Theatre
- 31 May 2016 11am-4pm
- 3 June 2016 11am-4pm
Create your own wooden spoon Peter Pan character, inspired by our new exhibition, Take Me To Neverland: Peter Pan from Play to Book and Beyond. Choose your favourite character and perform in Nightingale’s theatre.
Drop-in activity for all ages, free with admission to the museum.
Family Activities: Pop-up Books
- 1 June 2016 11:30am-1pm, 2-3:30pm
Make your own pop-up book with author-illustrator John O’Leary inspired by our new exhibition, Take Me To Neverland: Peter Pan from Play to Book and Beyond. To book, please contact Stephanie@florence-nightingale.co.uk.
Free with admission to the museum.
Family Activities: Lost Boys Den
- 2 June 2016 11am-4pm
Make your own ‘little house’ or ‘lost boys den’ inspired by our exhibition, Take Me To Neverland: Peter Pan from Play to Book and Beyond.
Drop in arts and crafts for all ages, free with admission to the museum.
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
Florence Nightingale Museum
2 Lambeth Palace Road
020 7188 4400