Freud Museum London
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What you'll do
The Freud Museum in London exhibits the life and work of Anna and Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis.
Experience the Freud Museum with The London Pass®
- Spend time in Sigmund Freud's final home.
- View an extensive collection of over 1,600 books and 2,000 ancient artefacts.
- The pass grants you access to all exhibits, screenings, tours, and lectures included with general museum admission.
The Freud Museum history
The Freud Museum is one of London’s hidden gems and arguably one of the most intriguing museums in the capital. The story behind this building is even more fascinating. Explore the extraordinary final home of Sigmund Freud - the father of psychoanalytic theory and technique. Learn about the effects the field had on society, culture, and the mind.
The collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918 brought a wave of educational reform. It opened up new possibilities for teachers and psychoanalysts like Sigmund and Anna Freud. However, the progression was short-lived. During the 1930s, right-wing factions rose up in Austria, bringing political and social unrest. In 1938, the Nazis invaded, and with little time to make arrangements and obtain travel documents, the Freud household was forced to flee. They relocated to 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, now known as The Freud Museum.
Freud’s publications, including 1899’s The Interpretation of Dreams, solidified his fame. In 1925 MGM head Samuel Goldwyn declared him the “greatest love specialist in the world” and asked him to consult on several scripts for love stories from history, including Antony and Cleopatra. Freud had no interest in that film or any other. He did, however, make time for an informal examination of actor Charlie Chaplin. In 1931 Freud critiqued Chaplin’s “Tramp” character. He stated that Chaplin was channeling himself “as he was in his early dismal youth.”
The Sigmund Freud Museum also tells the story of Freud’s other successes as a scientific researcher and physician. Between 1876 and 1895, he made numerous contributions to scientific fields such as physiology, anatomy, neurology, and pediatrics, and by his mid-20s, he had published several studies. During this time, Freud explored a wide range of topics, including the anesthetic properties of cocaine, the nature of language disorders, and childhood cerebral palsy. He applied this knowledge to the study of dreams, slips of the tongue, memories, fantasies, and speech.
Aside from Freud’s scholarly achievements, the museum also displays memories of his daughter, Anna. Inspired by her father, Anna dedicated her career to the examination of child psychoanalysis. She made several significant breakthroughs in how children are understood and looked after. Anna credited a lot of her success to moving to England. In interviews at the time, she stated that “England is indeed a civilized country, and I am naturally grateful that we are here. There is no pressure of any kind, and there is a great deal of space and freedom ahead.”
Several unique features are noticeable throughout the museum. For example, Freud’s gold wedding ring that stands out from the many antiques on display. Freud wore the ring for 53 years. Engraved on its band is the name of his wife, Martha, and the date of their marriage, 13 September 1886. It is a deeply personal item that provides a unique insight into the man behind the legend.
Explore the exhibitions at your own pace or immerse yourself with a guided tour or interactive workshop. The Freud Museum has everything you need to delve deeper into the life and work of the most influential and controversial mind of the 20th century.
See Freud’s study, his original psychoanalytic couch and collection of over 2,000 Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Oriental antiquities as you venture through this picturesque home.
The Freud Museum highlights
- See Sigmund Freud's study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime.
- View Freud's iconic psychoanalytic couch.
- Explore Freud's collection of over 2,000 ancient artifacts.
- Discover Freud's library of over 1,600 books, interspersed with several notable pictures still hung as he arranged them.
The Freud Museum facts
- Sigmund Freud and his family came to England as refugees, he moved to 20 Maresfield Gardens, but died one year later.
- The residence remained a family home until the death of Sigmund Freud’s daughter, Anna Freud in 1982.
- The Freud Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1986.
- The Freud Museum has been displaying contemporary art for over 25 years.
- The museum actively engages with the local community and has an outreach program with projects connected to mental health, wellbeing, ageing, social exclusion and trauma.
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Know before you go
Getting in: You can choose to walk up on the day or book on The Freud Museum , choose your date and time then select 'General Admission' and scroll down to the London Pass Holder ticket type.
- Audio guides and exhibitions are included with admission.
- Audio guides, which are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portugese (Brazilian) and Spanish, can be streamed via your smartphone. Please take your own headphones.
Where you'll be
20 Maresfield Gardens, London, GB
Wednesday to Sunday: 10:30AM – 5PM
July 31: 10:30AM – 5PM
August 7, 14, 21: 10:30AM – 5PM
September 4, 11: 10:30AM – 5PM
Closings & holidays
Mondays & Tuesdays
December 24, 25 and 26
January 1 and 2, 2024
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