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Florence Nightingale Museum

Celebrate the
Lady with the Lamp

The Florence Nightingale Museum uncovers the life and work of the world’s most famous nurse.

 

Travel through three pavilions to relive Florence’s childhood, understand her experiences in the Crimean War and discover how she pioneered modern nursing practice. Her story is brought to life through unique collections, interactive displays and art installations

Located within St Thomas’ Hospital, just off Westminster Bridge, the museum was opened in 1989 and now forms a key part of London’s medical heritage. The collection consists of personal material associated with Florence Nightingale, items relating to the Crimean War and nursing artefacts. The museum archives include approximately 800 letters from Florence Nightingale and an important rare book collection of 284 titles.

Today, the museum has expanded to introduce wider Victorian themes including the most recent exhibition - The Age of the Beard.

did you know?

  • Among the highlights of the collection is Florence’s pet owl Athena, which she rescued in Athens and hand reared.
  • Athena became her constant companion, travelling everywhere in her pocket. 
  • The Nightingale Training School was established in 1860 using donations from the Nightingale Fund. Its reputation soon spread and Nightingale nurses were requested to start new schools all over the world, including Australia, America and Africa.
  • Florence was awarded the Royal Red Cross in 1883. Then in 1907 she was the first woman to receive the Order of Merit, Britain's highest civilian decoration.

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FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MUSEUM

Gassiot House, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW

(in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital)

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