Florence Nightingale Museum, London

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Florence Nightingale Museum commemorates the "Lady of the Lamp," credited with founding modern nursing in the United Kingdom. Located on the site where she established her nursing school in 1860, the museum includes three major exhibits: Nightingale's childhood and struggle against social conventions, the nurse's dramatic service in the military, and her steadfast campaigning for health reform. Keep your eyes peeled for special artifacts like Nightingale's childhood writing slate, her medicine chest, a register of nurses that served under Nightingale, and even her pet owl named Athena that she rescued and carried in her pocket. Put Florence Nightingale Museum and other London attractions into our London trip planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I do not like to write negative reviews but felt disappointed after our visit today. Visited with a 4 and 14 year old and can honestly say none of us enjoyed it. Very small, some of sections really lo...  more »
  • While in the area of St Thomas' Hospital stop in and visit the Florence Nightingale Museum and learn more about the British nurse from the 1800s who was a key player in improving health care  more »
  • If you are a nurse or love a nurse or know a nurse, then this is a place to visit. The museum is very small, but so informative. I learned so much about Ms. Nightingale, that I never knew before. Ther...  more »
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  • Stunning little museum that deserves to be known better. The entrance is behind St Thomas' hospital but sadly not well signposted from the tourist areas around Westminster Bridge. However it's worth hunting for it. Enter via an unassuming entrance then pass through the obligatory gift shop to enter the small but well laid out museum itself. There's an awful lot packed into a small space. The presentation is an excellent example of how to make an historic subject interesting and engaging. Each little area tells the story of a part of Florence Nightingale's life from early family life through her pioneering nursing work to her final days. All age groups are catered for with viewing holes and exhibits at all levels so even small children can get something from it. There are original items from Florence Nightingale's life including documents written and items used by the lady herself, giving a real connection to the person. There's additional information about the events of Nightingale's time that complements her life story and a trail to follow using the sheets, clipboards and pencils provided. It's not cheap @ £15 for a family ticket but just about worth it especially if you have a Year 2 little one studying Victorian times. Expect to spend about an hour with kids or several on your own. Loved it and learned a lot.
  • An off the beaten track museum is the Florence Nightingale museum, situated at the back of St. Thomas hospital. It is a quite small museum and most is contained in one room. It will take you on a journey on both the life and times of the lady with the lamp, but it will also tell you about the evolution of nursing with a focus on the military side. Though not big the museum can definitely keep you there for an hour or so and on a rainy day you can sit through a classic movie or two about Florence. The ticket is valid all day so you can always come back if it starts raining!
  • Compact museum (2 rooms), full of interactive & informative materials, including replicas & antiques. "Flo" Biography well narrated. Shame no "nurses" discount available.
  • I'm married to a nurse. I've always wondered what special mixture of heart and mind, makes possible the grit, love and service a nurse provides patient after patient. Seeing the life of the founder of modern nursing brought me closer to an understanding. Wheelchair accessible, of course. Parking available.
  • Worth the visit as I am a midwife and find the history of women entering the medical field fascinating. However, it was boring for the kids. Definitely an adult oriented Museum if you are interested in this sort of history.

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