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Florence Nightengale Museum

Selimiye Barracks | Peace Headquarters of the Turkish First Army Command, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #117 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
Type: Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Lovers of nursing history will appreciate this museum, located in the barracks where Florence Nightengale lived during the Crimean War.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I taxied from the hotel to get to the museum and took a Bosphorus cruise back to the hotel area. That’s how I would do it if I did it again. You will spend a lot of time walking and trying to find the entrance if you don’t know where it is, so I let the taxi driver find it... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Today Saturday we went the barracks to try and visit the FN museum. We were told that visiting hours are 9-5 Monday to Friday. All you have to do is ring 0216 556 8000. Ext 3032. We were leaving Istanbul on Sunday so couldn't check it out We had been acting on old information which was to fax a letter... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Set in a military complex, Selimiye, on Asia side, this small museum is open to public but you must fax them your passport info and photo and get permission for entry. This can be quite a cumbersome process but once permission is given you will probably get first class military service and a personal tour. Most of the artifacts are... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Four key points in this review. (1) you have to plan ahead to do this visit; (2) you may have to persist - we did; (3) the journey and surrounding area are worthwhile experiences in themselves; and (4) the visit itself is worth every minute. This was our second visit to Istanbul, and visiting the Florence Nightingale Museum was high... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I loved today … although I didn't get to see the museum. It was an excuse for an adventure I wouldn't otherwise have taken -- it's good to have a destination. Today was my day to explore Istanbul's ferries. Very fun. I went from Beskitas to Uskudar. Then walked alongside the Bosphorus (stopped for tea on the way) past Harem.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

We did visit in November! I faxed on 19th and they rang our hotel to arrange our visit on 22nd- I was really impressed with their responsiveness and administration. As a UK trained nurse, I really wanted to go here. Overall it's a shame that they are missing so much! I'd love a week there to make it clearer and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We read all the instructions and tried over several days to contact the barracks without success so we decided that since we wanted to visit the Crimean war cemetery nearby we would turn up anyway and try our luck. The soldiers at the gate were very kind and we were taken in to a small waiting room with easy chairs... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

The first thing that you have to do is to fax a letter requesting to visit and aranging a time. And do not forget add your passport photocopy to this fax. And do this 48hours before with 0216 310 79 29. The museum building is marvelous. During the crimean war this placed become a military hospital where the famous lady... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

You do have to plan your visit in advance. Get your hotel or travel agent in Istanbul to fax a copy of the front page of your passport 3 days in advance of the day you wish to visit the museum. They will contact you with a time. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get there. If you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Planning is essential, copy of passport to Military Barracks at least 48 hours in advance. After security entry to a Military Post (similar to airport) we were brought to the loaction of Florence Nightingales quarters, dispensary and hospital. The Military Guide was excellent , very informed and made the trip very interesting. Not many artefacts there but some important letters,... More

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