Learn the real story of ‘The Lady with the Lamp’
Are you ready to meet ‘the Lady with the Lamp’? Everyone has heard of Florence Nightingale, the heroine of the Crimean War and founder of modern nursing. A pioneering nurse, writer, and noted statistician, Florence Nightingale left a profound mark on British and world medical history. However, there is a hidden side to the story of Florence Nightingale. Did you know she was also an inspiring activist and reformer? You can learn about this and more at the museum…
The Florence Nightingale Museum, one of the great medical heritage sites of London, was opened in 1989 and is located within St. Thomas Hospital in Southbank. The museum reopened after a £1.4 million extensive refurbishment in 2010. Now the museum tells the real story of ‘the Lady with the Lamp’, who was given her fond nickname by the soldiers she treated after working 20 hours a day.
The Florence Nightingale Museum presents Nightingale’s motivating and moving story in three different sections –‘The Gilded’, ‘The Calling,’ and ‘the Reform & Inspiration’. The Gilded tells the story of her childhood and her struggle against the oppressive social norms of the day. The Calling presents Nightingale’s story of self-discovery and the background of the Crimean War. Finally, the Reform & Inspire section shows us the less familiar side of Florence Nightingale – Nightingale the reformer in addition to Nightingale the transformative nurse.
The museum also contains some fascinating artifacts, from Nightingale’schildhood writing slate, her medicine chest from the Crimean War, lists of the nurses who helped her during the war, and her beloved pet owl Athena who she found in Greece and went everywhere in her pocket. Additionally, the museum gives an opportunity for young people to volunteer with the Youth Panel program and offers practical hands-on skills courses. You can also visit the museum for family-friendly performances or to take one of the workshops arranged for your children and adults of all ages.
Opening Times; Daily 10.00 – 17.00 (last entry 16.30) – Closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years’ Eve.
Address; St Thomas Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW
T: +44 (0)20 7188 4400