About the museum

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

Located within St Thomas’ Hospital, the museum was opened in 1989 and now forms a key part of London’s medical heritage. The collection consists of personal material associated with Florence Nightingale, items relating to the Crimean War and nursing artefacts. Nightingale was a female icon in her own lifetime and people kept items associated with her, so you can see historic objects such as the lamp she carried in the war and also curiosities such as Jimmy the Tortoise which the patients looked after on the wards! The museum archives include approximately 800 letters from Florence Nightingale and an important rare book collection of 284 titles.

The Museum is managed by the Florence Nightingale Museum Trust, a company limited by guarantee (no. 2246583) and registered with the Charity Commission (no. 299576). In 2010 the Museum gained Accreditation from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and due to be renewed in the autumn of 2014.

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