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The Florence Nightingale Museum
- The Florence Nightingale Museum
- Alt Name:
- Selimiye Barracks
- Crimean War
- 1800AD - 1899AD
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about The Florence Nightingale Museum
The Florence Nightingale Museum in Üsküdar in Istanbul is located in the Selimiye Barracks, the Turkish army barracks which served as a British military base and hospital from 1854 to 1856, during the Crimean War.
It was at the Selimiye Barracks, then known as the Scutari Barracks, that the English nurse Florence Nightingale achieved fame as a pioneer of the medical profession and earned her nickname as the “Lady of the Lamp”.
At its peak, the Selimiye Barracks had 5,000 patients. Nightingale discerned that the dire conditions at the hospital were responsible for a great number of them dying needlessly and successfully petitioned for vast improvements.
Whilst small, the Florence Nightingale Museum does give an insight into the woman who transformed the living conditions and mortality rates of Crimean War soldiers. Visitors to the Florence Nightingale Museum can see her original desk in the place where she worked together with some letters and equipment. It is worth noting however that the lamp on the desk is not proven to be the one she famously used on her night rounds.
Selimiye Barracks still operates as a military base. As such, the tour is short and the Florence Nightingale section is restricted to one tower. Having said this, one can also see a small exhibit about the Turkish army and the tour is offered in English. The military backdrop also means that security is tight (see entry details) and can be difficult to arrange.
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Address: The Florence Nightingale Museum, Üsküdar, Selimiye İskele Cd, 37-43
Phone: 0216 556 8161
The Florence Nightingale Museum is located at the port of Üsküdar in Istanbul. From Istanbul, take the Harem Ferrry from Eminonu Ferry Station (Eminönü, İDO Feribot, Hocapaşa, Turkey) to reach Uskudar then a taxi to the barracks (to the Harem Gate of Selimiye Barracks). Tram 1 goes to the Eminonu Ferry station.
Access to the Florence Nightingale Museum is free and available weekdays, but by prior arrangement only. Contact the barracks with a least two days notice by fax (0216 310 7929 or 0216 553 1009) - must include the time/date of your planned visit plus a photocopy passport photo page of each visitor. At the site, you will be subject to security checks. Mobile phones and cameras are to be handed in at the desk.
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