Florence Nightingale Museum

2 Lambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7EW
2 Lambeth Palace Road London England SE1 7EW GB

Florence Nightingale became a living legend as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’. She led the nurses caring for thousands of soldiers during the Crimean War and helped save the British army from medical disaster. This was just one of Nightingale’s many achievements. She was also a visionary health reformer, a brilliant campaigner, the most influential woman in Victorian Britain and its Empire, second only to Queen Victoria herself. After the Crimean War she demanded a Royal Commission into the Military Hospitals and the health of the Army, she began investigating the health and sanitation in the British Army in India, and the local population. Money which had been sent by the general public to thank her for her work in the Crimea was used to establish the first organised, training school for nurses, the Nightingale Training School at St Thomas’ Hospital. One of her greatest achievements was the professionalisation of nursing.

From Florence’s slate she used as a child, her pet owl Athena, to the Turkish lantern used in the Crimean War, the collection spans the life of Florence Nightingale, the Crimean War and Florence’s nursing legacy up to the present day.

Located in the heart of London opposite the Houses of Parliament, the museum brings Florence’s story to life through our unique collection, fun interactive displays and family trail.

Facilities: The museum is completely wheelchair accessible.

Opening Times: 10-5 daily, closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Costs: Under fives Free.

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