Family learning

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

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Family trail

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.

Youth panel film

This short film was created by members of our Youth Panel. In it, they re-interpret the collection and explain why the story of Florence Nightingale is still inspiring for young people today.

Spanish Flu: Reinterpreted by Florence Nightingale Museum’s Youth Panel

The Florence Nightingale Museum Youth Panel wanted to put a spotlight the Spanish flu pandemic and raise awareness of ways we can avoid another outbreak today. Facilitated over a full day with Chocolate Films, the young people had creative control of this film from pre-production to post-production.