South Bank London

Florence Nightingale Museum

Learn about the life and work of the world’s most famous nurse.

Opening Hours

Open Tue–Sun 10am–5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Closed Mon, Good Friday, 24–26 Dec

Contact Info

Florence Nightingale Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, UK

Learn about the life and times of the pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale at this extensive museum that is, appropriately enough, located at the St Thomas Hospital. 

The meticulously researched exhibitions go into great detail about Florence's childhood, her formative experiences of the Crimean War and her work to pioneer nursing as a profession through unique collections, interactive displays, historic artifacts and art installations.

The museum collection has an extraordinary amount of personal items that belonged to 'The Lady with the Lamp', including approximately 800 letters that she wrote, as well as an important rare book collection of 284 titles and even the wheelchair that she spent the last years of her life in.

Opened in 1989, the museum forms a key part of London's medical heritage trail and has been extended over the years to incorporate the stories of other influential nurses such as Mary Seacole, and to celebrate the modern and contemporary contribution of British nurses at home and abroad.

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