Florence Nightingale Museum

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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open daily, 1000-1700.
Closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.

Admission charges

Adult £7.50
Child (under 16) £3.80
Concessions £4.80
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.

Discounts

  • 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
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.
Florence Nightingale portrait

Meet Miss Nightingale

  • 13 February 2017 11:30am-12:15pm, 1:30-2:15pm, 2:30-3:15pm
  • 17 February 2017 11:30am-12:15pm, 1:30-2:15pm, 2:30-3:15pm

Come and meet Miss Nightingale and hear all about how she became known as the “Lady with the Lamp”. Find out how she became a nurse, why she went to the Crimea and how she improved the conditions for the soldiers and nurses.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with museum admission

Website

http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/whats-on/

Storyteller Vanessa Woolf

Storytelling: Darwin's Beard

  • 14 February 2017 11:30am-12pm, 1:30-2pm, 3-3:30pm

Hear tales of Charles Darwin and his famous beard with storyteller Vanessa Woolf. Visit our exhibition 'The Age of the Beard' showcasing the best in Victorian beards!

Family event, suitable for Ages 4+

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free with museum admission

Website

http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/whats-on/

Pop-up Beard by John O'Leary

Family Workshop: Pop-up Beards

  • 15 February 2017 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm

Make your own beard-themed pop-up book in this hands-on family workshop. Popular author, illustrator and paper engineer John O’Leary takes his inspiration from ‘The Age of the Beard’ exhibition to run a session that encompasses 3D paper skills, design and illustration.

Learn how to make pop-ups with moving parts and how to assemble the finished book.

Suitable for 5 plus. Materials are provided, just bring your creativity!

Booking required, places limited. Please see website for details.

Please book one ticket per child.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Free with museum admission

Website

http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/whats-on/

The Great Military Hospital at Scutari

Family workshop: Crimean Soldiers and Nurses

  • 16 February 2017 11am-1pm, 2-4pm

Make your own Crimean soldier’s beard or nurse’s cap in this drop-in arts and craft workshop. Take a selfie with your new accessories!

Family workshop, free with admission.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Free with museum admission

Website

http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/whats-on/

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

Florence Nightingale Museum
2 Lambeth Palace Road
South Bank
London
Greater London
SE1 7EW
England

Website

www.florence-nightingale.co.uk

E-mail

General enquiries

info@florence-nightingale.co.uk

Curatorial enquiries

curator@florence-nightingale.co.uk

Telephone

020 7188 4400

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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