The museum is only open Wednesday to Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Opening hours are 10am to 5pm (last entry 4:30pm).
A typical visit to the museum lasts around 60-90 minutes.
Once booked, this tour cannot be cancelled.
The Museum is a short walk from Waterloo tube/station and Westminster tube. We are located in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital (on the corner of Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Palace Road) and you can reach us via the pavement to the hospital car park level.
Due to security restrictions, we regret that we cannot store large bags or suitcases at the Museum during your visit. We recommend using lockers and storage sites in the local area, such as at Waterloo Station for large bags.
Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing, one of our greatest Victorians and a female icon in her own lifetime. Explore the museum to discover all about Florence’s childhood as a daughter in a wealthy family; how she fought to become a nurse against her parents' wishes; 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. Florence was almost as famous as Queen Victoria in her own lifetime and she is still celebrated today; she even has an asteroid named after her!You can still visit our exhibition demonstrating how Nightingale’s leadership and campaigning skills still inspire women today, ‘Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places’.