Located in London’s popular family destination, South Bank, the Florence Nightingale Museum tells the real story of the woman behind the legend as well as the Victorian world in which she lived.

Travel through three pavilions which explore the famous nurse’s Victorian childhood, her time at the Crimean War and her later years as an ardent campaigner for health reform. Highlights from the collection include the writing slate she used as a child; her pet little owl Athena who travelled everywhere in her pocket; and the medicine chest she took to the battlefield. The museum also celebrates the nursing profession and explains how Florence impacted modern-day practices.

Join us during school holidays for our popular holiday programme. Each holiday we run workshops on a different theme which enable families to connect with the story of Florence Nightingale and exhibitions whilst having fun.

Workshops are free with admission

For information regarding our upcoming family events visit our What’s on pages.
To plan your trip to the museum go to our Visit us page.


Family trails

Pick up your free family trail from the front desk when you arrive. With our family trail explore the museum together and find out about the life of Florence Nightingale. Suitable for children between 6 and 12 years old.


Can you help Athena and her friends find all the objects in the museum?
Suitable for 5 and under.

Family Trail

Download our app and explore the museum with our interactive trail.

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