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“small but worth a visit!”

Florence Nightingale Museum
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$76.89*
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions
Ranked #249 of 1,595 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Site where the "Lady of the Lamp" founded her School of Nursing in 1860.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“small but worth a visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

We visited as our 7 year old daughter is learning about Florence Nightingale. There isn't a huge amount to see but there was an activity bag and lots of interesting things to look at, so our daughter was happy. I enjoyed it too as it was a peaceful, unhurried visit, unlike most museums!

Visited February 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Calling all nurses”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a fantastic little museum right opposite St. Thomas Hospital
It starts off with early nursing and goes up to the present day. To make you feel at home you are given a stethoscope so that you can hear the voice in one of the many interactive displays! My husband enjoyed it as well.

Visited August 2012
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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good for a snowy afternoon”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Audio equipment which is a stethoscope didn't work very well and were uncomfortable in the ears and around the neck.

Visited January 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Small but plenty to see, interesting interpretation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

Good rather than very good but well worth a look if you've got an hour to spare. This museum would suit anyone with interests in nursing, the development of health care, women's history, the Victorians or the Boer War.

The entry price appears to be on par with London but if you're a member of the Museums Association like me, it's free. The friendly staff member said it takes roughly 45 min for most people to go around as it's quite small, but I looked at nearly everything, spending a good hour and a half there.

I particularly liked the idea of the stethoscope audio guide which was free. It provided extra info to the information panels for those who want it, although a couple of the audio points weren't working but it's quite typical of this technology. There are also 'peep holes' along the route with slides to compliment the info panels which children would especially like.

The orientation is slightly unclear at times but breaks up what is actually a small room into themes - Florence' sheltered upbringing in the country, to her progress into nursing, through to the Boer War. The walls are surrounded by images, audio and video interviews to reflect nursing through the last 200 years or so.

The information provides an interesting biography of Florence backed up with many of her possessions including many letters, but also her pet owl! She appears to have been both inspired and inspiring, often frail and restricted but also determined. The museum also gives a nod to Mary Secole.

After visiting here, I then went to The Old Operating Theater which has overlapping themes, including Florence Nightingale. This may make a good itinerary for those interested in medical history as it's only a short tube ride away.

Visited January 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Just ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

This museum is quite small - located in a large room on the ground floor of the hospital. Free audio tour comes with ticket purchase. It took less than an hour to visit. Many of the plaques that you read were down very low on the wall, an average sized adult had to crouch/squat just to read it. I am a nurse and it was interesting but not necessarily something I would recommend as a must see.

Visited December 2012
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