Florence Nightingale Museum

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2 Lambeth Palace Road South Bank
Greater London

  • Phone: 020 7188 4400

Discover the woman behind the legend. Did you know? * Florence Nightingale did not want to become famous and disliked sitting for portraits or photographs * She struggled for years to persuade her parents to let her become a nurse * As well as caring for people, she loved animals and even carried a pet owl around in her pocket Born into a wealthy family Florence Nightingale yearned for more than the typical Victorian lady’s lifestyle. Now an internationally recognised figure her reputation is well deserved. At the Florence Nightingale Museum you will discover how her impact has been far-reaching in so many fields. She is remembered throughout the world for her work during the Crimean War and as the founder of modern nursing, although this was actually only a fraction of her achievement. Find out about a passionate statistician, writer, campaigner, educationalist and hospital planner whose legacy lives on into the 21st century. Original objects include personal mementos, including her pet owl Athena, prints, paintings, souvenirs from the Crimean War and symbols of nursing. A video, guided tours, activity sheets for children and regular events will help you to make the most of your visit.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open daily, 1000-1700. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.


Adult £7.50 Child (under 16) £3.80 Concessions £4.80 Small Family (one adult and up to three children) £13.00 Large Family (two adults and up to three children) £18.00 Children under five are free.


  • Museums Association

Travel directions:

Close to Waterloo and Westminster Stations. On the corner of Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Palace Road.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Mail order service available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Guided tours
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available

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