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  • Step into the Florence Nightingale Museum in London and discover all about one of the greatest Victorians & female icons - Nightingale

  • See the lamp Nightingale carried during the Crimean War, earning her the name "The Lady With The Lamp"

  • Get to know how Nightingale built the foundation of modern nursing and healthcare

  • Take a look at Nightingale's medicine chest and her Notes on Nursing

  • Discover all about her affluent childhood and how she went on to pursue her passion for nursing

  • Meet Nightingale's pet owl - Athena and know about the 60 pet cats she cared for during her life

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Must Know Before You Go
  • Infants aged 4 years and below can go free of charge, children of age 5-16 years will be charged on a child price basis, and participants of 17+ years will be charged as per adult prices.
  • The Museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users and has a wheelchair accessible toilet.
  • We welcome guide, hearing and assistance dogs in all areas of the museum.
  • Large print of highlights of the collection is available on request.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival and entry.
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Florence Nightingale Museum Overview

Explore the life of Florence Nightingale and her remarkable contributions to the field of nursing at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London. Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing, a pioneering figure in social reforms and the greatest woman icon during her lifetime. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a nursing professional, or simply interested in learning about the life of an extraordinary woman, the Florence Nightingale Museum offers a rich and educational experience.

The Nightingale Museum houses a comprehensive collection of artefacts, documents, and exhibits that offers a unique glimpse into her life and works. You can learn about her early years, experiences during the Crimean War, and influential work in evidence-based healthcare. The exhibits highlight her innovations in nursing practices, her dedication to improving sanitary conditions in hospitals, and her tireless efforts in nursing education. The museum also features personal belongings of Florence Nightingale like her letters, diaries, and a gigantic recreation of her famous lamp. The ‘200 Objects Exhibition’ which was started during Nightingale’s bicentenary celebrations in the museum features 200 objects illustrating the life of Nightingale. You can also take part in multimedia presentations and interactive exhibits that offer an engaging and immersive experience. 

Exhibits At Florence Nightingale Museum

British Military Nursing in Peace and War
British Military Nursing in Peace and War

British Military Nursing traces its origin to Crimean War in 1853 when Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole nursed the soldiers. However, the British Military nurses were officially recognised only after many decades: in 1884 for the Navy, 1897 for the Army and 1918 for the Royal Air Force. Following the legacy of Nightingale, the modern military nurses are bestowed with vital roles during peace and war. They were always present on the battlefield to provide care to any soldier, aviator or sailor. The nursing principle of the military nurses is to triage the patients by need, whether they are civilians, service personnel or enemy forces.

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Discover the 200 Exhibits
Discover the 200 Exhibits

Florence Nightingale is a renowned healthcare reformer who is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in the development of the nursing profession. The Florence Nightingale Museum has a special exhibition which was started in 2020 as a commemoration of her 200th birth anniversary. You can see around 200 exhibits featuring objects, people and places which tell interesting anecdotes from the life and legacy of Nightingale. The exhibition has a recreation of Nightingale’s personal belongings like her bedroom, iconic lamp, perfume, and door knocker. You can also explore exhibits portraying Nightingale as a leader, campaigner and a pop culture icon and her reforms in nursing, midwifery and evidence-based healthcare.

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Nightingale’s Bicentenary
Nightingale’s Bicentenary

Florence Nightingale Museum organised Nightingale’s Bicentenary celebration in 2020 to mark her 200th birth anniversary. The museum revisited and honoured her immense contribution to public health, modern nursing and social reforms during the Bicentenary celebration. The event organised a special exhibition which features 200 exhibits portraying the life and works of Nightingale. You can also learn about the involvement of Nightingale in the Crimean War, her efforts to improve the hospital conditions and her commitment to statistics at this exhibition. The museum also arranged a rally through the streets and online exhibits during the Bicentenary which are still available on their website.

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Know Before you Visit Florence Nightingale Museum

Know Before you Visit Florence Nightingale Museum

Location: 2 Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7EW, UK

The Florence Nightingale Museum is located at parking level in the grounds of St. Thomas’ Hospital across River Thames on the South Bank.


Tuesday to Sunday - 10 AM to 5 PM with the last entry at 4:30 PM

Monday - closed

How To Reach:

  • By tube: The nearest tube station to Florence Nightingale Museum is the Westminster station which has services on the District, Circle and Jubilee Lines. Waterloo station is a 10-minute walk from the museum and is served by the Waterloo and City lines.
  • By bus: Buses C10 and 77 stop at St. Thomas’ Hospital A&E Department station from where you can walk to the museum. Alternatively, you can get down at Lambeth North bus stop which is just 2 minutes away from the museum.
  • By car: You can either hire a taxi or drive directly to the museum, however, there is limited pay-and-display parking near the museum.

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Where is the Florence Nightingale Museum?

    The Florence Nightingale Museum is located at the parking level on the grounds of St. Thomas’ Hospital facing Westminster Abbey across the River Thames in the South Bank. The museum is a short walk from the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

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