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“Nursing History” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Florence Nightingale Museum

Florence Nightingale Museum
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Ranked #249 of 1,568 things to do in London
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Owner description: Site where the "Lady of the Lamp" founded her School of Nursing in 1860.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Litchfield, NH
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nursing History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

if you are interested in the Nursing Profession, this museum is for you. Life story of Florence Nightingale the founder of modern day nursing. Florence is there to answer questions tell stories about the Crimean War. Captures what it was like to try and change the nursing image at that time. If Florence had given in, we might not have nurses now.

Visited January 2011
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“Probably best viewed by those in the medical profession”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2010

Myself and my hubby decided to take advantage of the London 2for1 entry offers, so we plumped for this museum which is tucked away in a corner of St Thomas's Hospital. The staff were nice and friendly on arrival and supplied us with the incredibly uncomfortable stethascope audio guides which were a blessing and a curse. As for the museum itself, well it's pretty much a large room really but has clearly been remodelled recently because it has hedge like topiary covering some of the exhibits. Many of the pictures can only be seen by looking through portholes, which is a bit odd and quite frankly, it did my neck in.

It had some interesting elements, but I'd imagine it must be hellish if there's a school party visiting. It's probably something to visit if you've a huge interest in all things medical but we found it a little boring.

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Northern Ireland
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“Interesting but perhaps more for school groups?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2010

Had researched many attractions before going to London but noticed this one when the bus tour guide pointed it out. So took myself down to it the next morning - Note that it does not open until 10am
Entry fee at £5.80 is cheap compared with most other london attractions. Found this interesting but abit monotonous and definately think is seemed more geared towards groups of school kids.

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England
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“The Lady with the Lamp”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2010

This newly-reopened museum provides a real insight into the life of the lady with the lamp covering her childhood, extensive travel and reforms in nursing. The layout is somewhat unusual, comprising pavilions housing a range of exhibits within "privet hedges". Highlights include Florence's pet owl Athena, the writing slate she was given as a child and the medicine chest taken to the Crimean war. Oh yes, and that famous lamp of course, which turns out to be quite unlike its popular image.
Much use has been made of digital technology, which many younger visitors will enjoy. But one gimmick which I did not find helpful was the audio tour "stethoscope" which is placed against illuminated discs throughout the museum in order to hear the commentary. The earpieces are uncomfortable to wear and I soon found myself choosing to read the notices and inscriptions instead. In my view It would make more sense to supply a standard audio handset. Leaving that aside, this is a fascinating place to browse and learn so much about that great pioneer of nursing. Allow up to one-and-a-half hours for your visit.

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Catania, Italy
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“Its closed till May 2010”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2009

I was terribly dissappointed to see the museum was closed until May 2010 after attempting to visit in Sep 09'. No signs until you got to the door showed it as being closed; in fact a construction worker told us so.

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