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 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
Kiss of Light: Nursing and Light Therapy in 20th Century Britain
- 12 May — 23 October 2015 *on now
The Kiss of Light showcases a remarkable photographic record of nurses and their sometimes vulnerable patients being exposed to both natural and artificial light. Light therapy was used especially for children at clinics to combat rickets, as part of the general treatment in sanatoria for tuberculosis and even in the home by others eager to protect their child by exposing them to rays from portable ultra-violet lamps. We may have very different ideas now towards light safety but the health and protection of our children remains an issue today.
Adult - £7.50
Child (under 16) - £3.80
Concessions - £4.80
Small Family Ticket (one adult and up to three children under 16) - £13
Large Family Ticket (two adult and up to three children) - £18
Children under five are FREE.
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) 7620 0374