On 15th February I had a few hours free before going to a talk at the British Library, and as London is filled with museums, I decided to visit a couple that were completely new to me.
Florence Nightingale Museum, Southbank
My first stop was the Florence Nightingale Museum in the St Thomas’s Hospital complex. I had found out about this museum while on a Duck tour, and as I was in the area, I decided to drop by. The museum is only one room, but is split up into distinct sections about different parts of Florence’s life. While the museum is not altogether very large, there are lots of artefacts and information around the room, and the impact she made is very evident in the obvious respect the curators have for her.
I spent about 45-60 minutes here and spent £7.50 for an adult ticket. The museum is open 10am-5 pm daily apart from Good Friday, 23-26th December and New Year’s Day.
Foundling Museum, Bloomsbury
As my talk was at the British Library it made complete sense to visit a museum in that area. Although I was planning on visiting a different institution I happened across the Foundling Museum and was drawn to it.I was very pleased I decided to visit; while the museum is very emotional, it also feels very personal and full of love. It allows the viewer to be taken back into the lives of these children and to feel how they felt. An exhibition named ‘Call of the Wild’ was also be shown while I was there which revolved around getting back to nature, and while it was a simplistic exhibition, it was very captivating and lovely.
I spent about 1-1.5 hours here and spent £11 for an adult ticket, although this property is a National Trust partner and so discounts may be available. The Museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am-5pm and Sundays 11am-5pm.
While these museums were somewhat expensive for the time I spent in them (especially considering the amount of free museums London has to offer), I felt that this was money well spent in each of them. Both museums were interactive and held my attention, and I learnt a lot from both of them.