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Coordinates: 51°32′54″N 0°10′40″W / 51.54833°N 0.17778°W / 51.54833; -0.17778 This article is about the Freud Museum
Freud Museum
in London. For other uses, see Freud Museum
Freud Museum

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The Freud Museum

The Freud Museum, as seen from the garden

Established 28 July 1986; 31 years ago (1986-07-28)

Location Maresfield Gardens London, NW3 United Kingdom

Public transit access Finchley Road Finchley Road & Frognal

Website freud.org.uk

The Freud Museum
Freud Museum
in London
is a museum dedicated to Sigmund Freud, located in the house where Freud lived with his family during the last year of his life. In 1938, after escaping Nazi annexation of Austria he came to London
via Paris and stayed for a short while at 39 Elsworthy Road before moving to 20 Maresfield Gardens, where the museum is situated. Although he died a year later in the same house, his daughter Anna Freud
Anna Freud
continued to stay there until her death in 1982. It was her wish that after her death it be converted into a museum. It was opened to the public in July 1986. Freud continued to work in London
and it was here that he completed his book Moses and Monotheism. He also maintained his practice in this home and saw a number of his patients for analysis. The centrepiece of the museum is the couch brought from Berggasse 19, Vienna
on which his patients were asked to say whatever came to their mind without consciously selecting information, named the free association technique by him. There are two other Freud Museums, one in Vienna, and another in Příbor, the Czech Republic, in the house where Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
was born. The latter was opened by president Václav Klaus
Václav Klaus
and four of Freud's great-grandsons.


1 Location and description 2 Building 3 Collection 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Location and description[edit]

Statue of Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
by Oscar Nemon, a two-minute walk from the museum at the corner of Fitzjohns Avenue and Belsize Lane

The museum is located at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, one of London's suburbs. The ground floor of the museum houses Freud's study, library, hall and the dining room. The museum shop is on ground floor as well. The first floor has a video room, Anna Freud's room and there is a temporary exhibitions room which hosts alternate contemporary art and Freud-themed exhibitions. Art installations often use several rooms within the museum, such as the 2001/02 exhibition "A Visit to Freud’s" by an Austrian female photographer Uli Aigner. Many areas such as the kitchen and Anna Freud's consulting room are out of public view and have been converted into offices. Building[edit] The house had only finished being built in 1920 in the Queen Anne Style. A small sun room in a modern style was added at the rear by Ernst Ludwig Freud that same year. Freud was over eighty at this time, and he died the following year, but the house remained in his family until his youngest daughter Anna Freud, who was a pioneer of child therapy, died in 1982. The house has a well maintained garden which is still much as Freud would have known it.[1] Collection[edit]

Freud's couch

The Freuds moved all their furniture and household effects to London. There are Biedermeier
chests, tables and cupboards, and a collection of 18th century and 19th century Austrian painted country furniture. The museum owns Freud's collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Oriental
antiquities, and his personal library. The star exhibit in the museum is Freud's psychoanalytic couch, which had been given to him by one of his patients, Madame Benvenisti, in 1890. This was restored at a cost of £5000 in 2013.[2] The study and library were preserved by Anna Freud
Anna Freud
after her father's death. The bookshelf behind Freud's desk contains some of his favourite authors: not only Goethe
and Shakespeare
but also Heine, Multatuli
and Anatole France. Freud acknowledged that poets and philosophers had gained insights into the unconscious which psychoanalysis sought to explain systematically. In addition to the books, the library contains various pictures hung as Freud arranged them; these include 'Oedipus and the Riddle of the Sphinx' and 'The Lesson of Dr Charcot' plus photographs of Martha Freud, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Yvette Guilbert, Marie Bonaparte, and Ernst von Fleischl. The collection includes a portrait of Freud by Salvador Dalí.[3] The museum organizes research and publication programmes and it has an education service which organises seminars, conferences and educational visits to the museum. The museum is a member of the London Museums of Health & Medicine.[4] See also[edit]

Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud
Museum (Vienna) A Clinical Lesson at the Salpêtrière David Morgan (psychologist)


^ "Garden". Freud Museum
Freud Museum
London. Retrieved 3 April 2016.  ^ "If you're sitting comfortably…a trip to the Sigmund Freud museum!". Jewish News Online. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2016.  ^ "About the Museum". Freud Museum
Freud Museum
London. Retrieved 23 August 2012.  ^ "Medical Museums". medicalmuseums.org. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official website of the Freud Museum
Freud Museum

v t e

Sigmund Freud


On Aphasia Civilization and Its Discontents The Ego and the Id The Future of an Illusion Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego The History of the Psychoanalytic Movement The Interpretation of Dreams
The Interpretation of Dreams
(including On Dreams) Introduction to Psychoanalysis Moses and Monotheism The Psychopathology of Everyday Life The Question of Lay Analysis Studies on Hysteria Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious Totem and Taboo


"The Aetiology of Hysteria" Beyond the Pleasure Principle Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming Delusion and Dream in Jensen's Gradiva Dostoevsky and Parricide Leonardo da Vinci, A Memory of His Childhood Medusa's Head Mourning and Melancholia On Narcissism Some Character-Types Met with in Psycho-Analytic Work Thoughts for the Times on War and Death Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality

Case studies

"Dora" (Ida Bauer) Emma Eckstein Herbert Graf ("Little Hans") Irma's injection "Anna O." (Bertha Pappenheim) "Rat Man" Sergei Pankejeff
Sergei Pankejeff
("Wolfman") Daniel Paul Schreber


Amalia Freud
Amalia Freud
(mother) Jacob Freud (father) Martha Bernays
Martha Bernays
(wife) Anna Freud
Anna Freud
(daughter) Ernst L. Freud (son) Edward Bernays
Edward Bernays
(nephew) Clement Freud
Clement Freud
(grandson) Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud
(grandson) Walter Freud (grandson)

Cultural depictions

Mahler on the Couch (2010 film) A Dangerous Method
A Dangerous Method
(2011 film)


Bibliography Archives Vienna
home and museum London
home and museum


Freudian slip Humor Inner circle Neo-Freudianism Views on homosexuality Religious views

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List of museums in London

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Imperial War Museum

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Science Museum


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V&A Museum of Childhood

Designated collections

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Transport Museum Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology Royal Academy of Arts

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Museum of London

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Kenwood House
(Iveagh Bequest) London
Wall Marble Hill House Ranger's House
Ranger's House
(Wernher Collection) Winchester Palace

The London
Museums of Health & Medicine (selected)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 133804699 LCCN: n88284896 ISNI: 0000 0001 2288 0246 GND: 5027998-1 SUDOC: 080170919 BNF: