This museum celebrates the extraordinary life of Florence Nightingale, the British nurse and social reformer, famed for her work in formalising nursing education, establishing the first professional nursing school, and for her service as head nurse during the Crimean War. The museum explores her life and how her work has shaped modern nursing practices. 

The museum's extensive collection includes over 800 of her letters, articles from the Crimean War, interactive displays and films. 

Florence Nightingale Museum Highlights

  • View Florence Nightingale’s personal letters and nursing equipment.
  • Learn about the Crimean war and the living conditions of the soldiers and nurses who were there. 
  • Explore interactive displays featuring film, photographs, and stories from key historical figures. 

Did you know

  • Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy and was named after the city.
  • She was the first woman to be elected to the Royal Statistical Society.
  • In 1908, Nightingale was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.
  • Nightingale was fluent in English, French, German and Italian. 

Using your London Explorer Pass

Present your Explorer Pass at the main entrance.

How to Get There

-Waterloo Station

London Underground:
-Lambeth North

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Monday 10.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Last Admission: 16.30


Please check the official website for closing and opening times and our Closure & Notices page for changes in opening hours and closure dates.

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Florence Nightingale Museum St Thomas’ Hospital 2 Lambeth Palace Road London SE1 7EW


+44 (0)20 7188 4400