Covid 19 advice for visitors

Florence Nightingale instigated the Wash Your Hands message in her Notes On Nursing in 1859 so you won’t be surprised to learn that we’re asking you to follow her advice when you can visit us! She also campaigned for decades for improved cleanliness for better public health, so we’ll be following in her footsteps to keep you safe during your visit.

January 2021 update

Regretfully, but inevitably, the Florence Nightingale Museum must announce a major review and restructuring of its operations and a period of consultation with staff, in response to the damaging and continuing effects of the pandemic.

This review is designed to project the Museum’s collections and the institution for the long term. If changes are not made now, the Museum will become financially insolvent before markets recover and visitors return in significant numbers.

Generous support from individual donors, as well as the Art Fund, Arts Council England, and National Heritage Lottery Fund, makes it possible for the Museum to re-open this month, in the increasingly unlikely event that the government’s tier system is relaxed. However, the Museum will be closed from 28 February 2021 for the foreseeable future, even when London is released from Tier 4 restrictions, except for special one-off events. Visitor numbers just do not make remaining open financially viable.

The Museum is extremely grateful to all those individuals and organisations that have provided financial support throughout a traumatic year and remains open to all offers of support from interested parties.

Full details can be found here

Enhanced safety measures
– Please wash your hands when you arrive and use the hand sanitiser we’ve provided throughout the museum. Hydroalcoholic gel will be provided at the entrance.
– Masks are now mandatory (unless you are exempt due to health conditions) as of 08 August
– We have installed a splash-screen at our admission desk where you show your pre-booked ticket
– Only contactless payment will be allowed in our shop. You can browse the shop online before you come.
– We organised a professional deep clean of the museum prior to opening and it is professionally cleaned each morning.
– Headphones and digital/touch screens will be cleaned regularly throughout the day
– Staff and volunteers will be on hand to offer advice
– Our cloakroom will be closed and no large bags will be allowed in the museum/galleries
– Prams and strollers will be allowed in the galleries
– Our FNM Covid Risk Assessment is available for you to read here
– We have been awarded the Visit Britain ‘Good To Go’ mark re our Covid 19 preparations