- Type: Culture
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Refurbished in 2011, child & adult friendly
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Look for Athena, Florence's pet (now stuffed) owl
The life and work of one of England's most influential women of the 1800s is celebrated here. You'll learn that her most famous accomplishment -- nursing soldiers during the Crimean War -- was only part of a career spanning half a century. Nightingale raised the image of the British soldier (from a brawling lowlife to a heroic working man) and made nursing a respectable profession. Before the "Lady with the Lamp," nursing was seen as a job fit only for prostitutes.
In 1896, Nightingale "retired to her bed" but didn't slow down. She continued to write on public health. Much of her advice is still valid today. By the time she died in 1910 at the age of 90, she had become so reclusive that the general public assumed she was already dead. The collection at this museum includes many objects owned or used by Nightingale, including 63 letters written by her. There are also exhibits relating to the Crimean War.
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