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Florence Nightingale Museum|
St Thomas's Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, SE1
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
This museum is located in the northeastern part of St Thomas's hospital in Lambeth Palace Road. It is situated here because it was at St Thomas's hospital that Florence Nightingale set up the world's first school of nursing in 1859.
Florence Nightingale is the famous nurse who became known the world over for the two years she spent nursing wounded soldiers in the Crimean War. However, she was a prominent social campaigner throughout her life and her greatest achievement was without doubt the establishment of nursing as a professional profession.
The museum covers her whole life and is highly educational and informative. It includes a slide show and a reconstruction of a military ward during the Crimean war that shows the conditions that Florence and her nurses had to cope with.
But the highlight of the museum has to be the lantern that Florence Nightingale used to carry on her rounds of the wards and which earned her the nickname the 'Lady with the Lamp'.
The museum is open daily except for Mondays, from 10am-4pm. Admission costs around £3.50 for adults.
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