Freud Museum London

The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud's study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime.

It contains Freud's remarkable collection of antiquities: Egyptian; Greek; Roman and Oriental. Almost 2,000 items fill cabinets and are arranged on every surface. There are rows of ancient figures on the desk where Freud wrote until the early hours of the morning. The walls are lined with shelves containing Freud's large library.

The house is also filled with memories of his daughter, Anna, who lived there for 44 years and continued to develop her pioneering psychoanalytic work, especially with children. It was her wish that the house become a museum to honour her illustrious father. The Freuds were fortunate to be able to bring all their furniture and household effects to London. These included splendid Biedermeier chests, tables and cupboards, and a fine collection of 18th and 19th century Austrian painted country furniture.

Undoubtedly the most famous piece of furniture in all the collection is Freud's psychoanalytic couch, on which all of his patients reclined. The couch is remarkably comfortable and is covered with a richly coloured Iranian rug with chenille cushions piled on top. Other fine Oriental rugs, Heriz and Tabriz, cover the floor and tables.


Exhibitions and events

Freud, Dalí and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus

Event until 24.02.2019 17:00

Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí are two of the most significant and influential figures of the twentieth century. Dalí was a passionate admirer of the father of psychoanalysis and finally met him in...

Psychoanalysis After Freud

Event on 10.01.2019 18:30

12-week evening course exploring Jung, Klein, Winnicott and Lacan. Psychoanalysis was initiated by Freud, then transformed by a series of powerful creative figures who both extended and deepened its...

Lacan, Deleuze and the Baroque

Event on 13.01.2019 10:00

Deleuze and Lacan paid considerable attention to the baroque. Deleuze centres his 1988 book 'The Fold' on this topic. Lacan dedicates to it some intense passages of a crucial lesson of his 1972-73...

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound”

Event on 20.01.2019 14:00

The Freud Museum is proud to present a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1945 classic "Spellbound", followed by a discussion between psychoanalyst Andrea Sabbadini and film scholar Professor Peter...

PROJECTIONS: Erotic Cinema. Six week evening course.

Event on 21.01.2019 19:00

The depiction of sexuality can have a pronounced effect on character development, shaping the direction of a film’s central themes. Sigmund Freud believed that “the behaviour of a human being in...

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