About the museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the life and work of the best known figure in nursing history.

But if you think you already know everything about Nightingale, think again! Did you know she was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society? That she owned over 60 cats throughout her life and had a pet owl called Athena. Do you even know why she was called Florence?

2020 sees the worldwide celebrations of Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary and the London museum that bears her name will be the focus of activity. Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing, was one of our greatest Victorians and a female icon in her own lifetime. She is still an inspiration to nurses around the globe and throughout her bicentenary there will be celebrations from London to Canada and the USA to Italy. Visit the museum to celebrate the life this trailblazing woman; discover all about her affluent childhood, how she fought against her parents’ wishes to become a nurse, her work during the Crimean War and how she campaigned for better healthcare for ordinary people. See the actual lamp she carried which earned her the nickname The Lady With The Lamp, meet her pet owl and see her medicine chest.  Be one of the first to visit our new exhibition demonstrating how Nightingale’s leadership and campaigning skills still inspire women today, ‘Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places’.

While Covid 19 measures are in place we have suspended our daily Highlights tour which normally take place at 3.30pm (plus 11.30am at weekends).

We have also suspended handing out copies of our Family Trail for the time being, but please download it before you arrive so you can explore the Museum together.

The Florence Nightingale Museum Trust

The Florence Nightingale Museum Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee, incorporated on 9 December 1987 and registered as a charity on 22 December 1982.

Company number: 2246583
Charity number: 299576

Registered office and operational address:
The Florence Nightingale Museum Trust,
Gassiot House,
2 Lambeth Palace Road,
London, SE1 7EW