Florence Nightingale Museum

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Florence Nightingale Museum

Florence Nightingale Museum
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the life and work of one of the best known figures in nursing history and one of Britain's great Victorians who truly changed the world. Located within St Thomas’ Hospital, the museum was opened in 1989 and now forms a key part of London’s heritage-offer, with visitors arriving from across the world. The collection consists of personal material associated with Florence Nightingale, items relating to the Crimean War and nursing artefacts. The museum offers a free introductory highlights tour daily at 3.30pm with additional tours available on Saturdays and Sundays at 11.30am. Guided talks by museum staff and Florence Nightingale herself are available if booked in advance, including tours in German and Italian. The museum also offers regular appearances from costumed performers, bringing history to life. The museum gift shop and webshop offers many unique items inspired by the museums collections and Florence's fascinating life story.
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  • Waterloo • 6 min walk
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london3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Brilliantly little museum .I was there with my 6 yo daughter who enjoyed it as much as I did . Make sure you see the live show ( running 3 times a day - please call museum to find out times ) . On Saturday we were there it was 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30 .
Written June 18, 2022
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Thank you for visiting our Museum. We're really pleased to hear that you and your daughter enjoyed your visit so much and took the opportunity to meet Florence Nightingale! We hope you got a photo. Do feel free to share it with us on social media if you did. It's always nice to see visitors enjoying themselves.
Written June 20, 2022
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Terri S
9 contributions
Jun 2022
I did not feel the museum was well-organized. There were no clear-cut directions marking where to start the tour, where to go next, etc. It felt very hodge-podge. A guided audio tour would have been very helpful! Lastly, I think they should try to find a better location for the Museum; it was not in an easily-accessible location and definitely not visible to the public easily.
Written June 17, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to visit our museum. We're sorry if the chronological layout starting at the front door and progressing towards the back of the museum was confusing for you. The sign at the entrance and arrows on the floor generally help people enough, but I appreciate some people need more guidance. I wonder if you spoke to any of our staff or volunteers, as they would be happy to assist? We have previously looked at the potential of using audio tours but the vast majority of our visitor feedback suggests that one of the things people like about the site most is the interaction with staff and other visitors, which we feel would be stunted if we used this method of interpretation. We've therefore kept the use of AV to within the displays, which also allows visitors to more readily explore at their own pace. Some visitors stay with us an hour whilst others are much longer, which doesn't tend to work as well with a full audio guide and dictated route and timings. It's interesting that you mention a new location for the museum as we are currently exploring the possibility of moving in the future, although as a small charity that receives no funding from local or national government we do need to be realistic regarding where will be affordable, and we want to remain in a venue with links to Nightingale. Being situated on the exact site of her first nursing school feels appropriate, although we agree that being on the site of a hospital can present some challenges with matters like signage. We are sorry if you did not find the current site accessible. It is frustrating that we do not have our own car park, but we are thankfully located next to 5 tube lines, 2 national rail stations and a number of local buses which support our charities operation and are pleased the site is 100% level access once people reach us. We will bear your comments in mind for future planning. Thank you.
Written June 20, 2022
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Arthur H
2 contributions
Oct 2020
I would like to pass on my congratulations for the Florence Nightingale Walking Tour that Julie conducted earlier today (10/10/20). It was a genuine joy to be in the company of someone so passionate and knowledgeable about their subject. I am a keen student of London history, but I am not ashamed to acknowledge that I learnt a vast amount from the walk. Thank you so much for this , an enjoyable and educational experience, and a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman in her bicentenary year.
Written October 11, 2020
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We're delighted you enjoyed the walk and will pass on your comments to Julie. The walks are very popular and it's comments like this that give us the inspiration to keep going, thank you!
Written October 14, 2020
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Poppy
1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Couples
A very informative little museum with helpful and friendly staff. I gave 4 rather than 5 stars because I some exhibits and their labels were too low to the floor to read properly without getting down on the floor.
Written October 9, 2020
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We're delighted you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your kind comments. We completely understand your comments about the height of some of our exhibits but we do try to cater for visitors of all ages (and heights!). We'll certainly take this on board in any future redesign though.
Written October 14, 2020
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Michelle B
4 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
Small museum, but packed full of things about Florence and the history of nursing. Takes about an hour to go around, has a lot of possessions - including the lamp - even has a recording of her voice. Lots of information and lots of insight into how she changed nursing and hospitals and medicine and how nursing evolved after her. Great gift shop too
Written August 29, 2020
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Thank you for visiting. We're really glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the opportunity to see Nightingale's lamp from the Crimean War. Our award winning gift shop always proves to be popular! We really appreciate you spreading the word of our small charity as it really helps.
Written September 15, 2020
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Justine
7 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We found this gem of a museum today. Very well set out with interesting exhibits. The exhibition is very engaging and the kids really enjoyed the interactive exhibits. The museum was not crowded with plenty of hand sanitizer and wipes Everywhere.
Written August 28, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and spreading the word. Your recommendation really helps our small charity. We are so pleased to hear that you appreciated we have taken a lot of steps to make the museum 'Covid Safe'. It's a challenge but 100% of our visitors have rated us as both 'safe' and 'enjoyable'.
Written September 15, 2020
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Me_Shell_H
Bristol, UK23 contributions
Aug 2020
I visited here this week (13th August) with my 10 year old daughter as the final treat of our family staycation as she is majorly into history and Florence Nightingale is her hero.

I had no idea what to expect and was slightly nervous when we approached it tucked away near the car park. We were first to arrive and were greeted by the admission staff and florence nightingale herself who took us into the museum and gave us a brief talk about the museum and herself before posing with photos with my very excited daughter!

We then spent an hour going through all the exhibits in the museum alone as no one else came in until we were finished!!
The covid precautions put in place were very good, wipes for any interactive displays, hand santizer and floor markings (not that we needed them)

The exhibits were fascinating and my daughter was particularly thrilled to hear Florence Nightingales voice on a recording.

This is without a shadow of a doubt a real hidden gem and if you are interested in history then the small admission fee is really worth it.

Thank you to the museum and 'Miss Nightingale' herself for making one little girls absolute day!
Written August 14, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and taking the time to post your positive review. The team are thrilled to hear that you and your visit enjoyed your visit so much and appreciated our 'covid safe' precautions.
Written August 27, 2020
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Susan O
Secaucus, NJ2 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Within the small footprint this museum occupies are so many things to discover. To those who complained, it’s probably because there is a lot of reading to do, it’s not a passive “entertain me” museum. Therefore it’s not for people unwilling to put forth the effort. Little did I know how pertinent the 1918 Spanish flu exhibit would become. That section was outstanding (and I’d like to revisit it right now!). I wish it was online. So many lessons from it. I really didn’t know what to expect, and my socks were quite well knocked off.
Written April 22, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and your kind review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. There is a section relating to our Spanish Flu exhibition on our website, including the fantastic animation.
Written August 27, 2020
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MeeShellMidwifeRN
Turlock, CA521 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
As a nurse, I couldn’t not visit the Florence Nightingale Museum! It was a nice historical visit with lots of information I did not know! It’s always interesting to see how the foundations of nursing have evolved, especially from this pioneer!
Written March 31, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK11,255 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
‘Nursing is an art’ Florence Nightingale said. It is thus appropriate that this museum dedicated to the history of British nursing should contain some works of art, such as a sequence of small oil paintings of nursing in a field hospital near the Western Front in WW1 amongst many artefacts relating to her life and work originally collected by Dame Elicia Lloyd-Still whilst Matron of St. Thomas’s Hospital in whose grounds this museum, originally created in 1954 for the centenary of the Crimean War is situated. Perhaps the most poignant are her black dress, lamp and stuffed pet owl. There is even a recreation of her Mayfair lodgings complete with wind-up gramophone. There is an interesting display about nursing during the expansion of the NHS in the 1950s with filmed interviews of immigrants from the West Indies who became nurses here and their experiences.
Written March 7, 2020
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Thank you for visiting and spreading the word of the museum. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the museum, including the new exhibition which allows you to hear Nightingale's voice via the interactive gramaphone.
Written March 8, 2020
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