Freud Museum

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The Freud Museum is in the house that was Sigmund Freud's London home after he fled the Nazis in 1938. It is a time capsule, a small chunk of Hapsburg Vienna transported to Hampstead. It contains the couch on which psychoanalysis was born, Freud's study and library and his collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities. Upstairs, a room is devoted to his psychoanalyst daughter Anna who lived and worked at the house until her death in 1982. The Freud Museum is one of the few in London to have two blue plaques, one for Sigmund and the other for Anna. Films taken in the 1930s show Freud and his family at home and in the garden or walking the dogs.

Venue name: Freud Museum
Address: 20 Maresfield Gardens
Opening hours: Wed-Sun noon-5pm
Transport: Tube: Finchley Rd
Price: £7, £4-£5 concs, free under 12s
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There's not much to this museum. If you're in Finchley and fancy seeing a semi-historic home, it's worth a peek. (It would be more worth a peek if the museum were free.) But for blazing insight into psychotherapy or Freud, this isn't your place.


Although it's obviously fascinating to see Freud's famous couch and his study, this small (fitted into the psychologist's own, rather lovely Hampstead townhouse) museum didn't really give me any more on the man than the relatively little I already knew.  When I attended far more space seemed to be devoted to student exhibits with a rather paltry collection on both Sigmund and his daughter Anna's life and work.  Disappointing.

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I thought this museum was rather disappointing - the house is beautiful and it is interesting to see where Freud lived while in London. But the collection itself isn't very impressive and they didn't do a very good job at presenting the person or his work.

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