Freud Museum

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Freud Museum

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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Eva L.

I came across the Freud museum by accident, when walking between Hampstead and Finchley Road (it's closer to Finchley Road if you are travelling by tube) and figured it was worth a look. Entry costs £8 or £4 if you have a National Trust Pass as I do. 

Personally I felt the museum was a little light on content. The house is pleasant but Freud only lived here for the last year of his life. His possessions were brought with him from Austria and arranged in the new house. There is some space dedicated to his daughter who also practiced psychoanalysis. I'd like to see more information about his practice, his famous cases etc. but on the plus side if you like a gift shop this one has some really quirky gifts!    

Kevin M

I much prefer small museums to the biggies (no crowds thanks). And this one proved to be amazing. The home of one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers - Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis. The study is just as he left it - with the original couch his patients reclined on! Personal and atmospheric - everything that a historic house museum should be. Great tour - informative and witty! Thanks for a very intelligent experience. Def worth getting off the beaten track and taking the short tube ride up to Finchley Road.


This gem of a museum was the final home of Sigmund Freud, who spent the last year of his life in London as a refugee from the nazis.

Stepping into Freud's study feels like going back in time. The walls are lined with his books, every surface is bristling with archaeological curios, and to top it all is FREUD'S VERY OWN COUCH!

It's well worth the extra £2 for the audio guide for an in-depth info on Freud and the house.

Louise D

Beautiful museum packed with lots of Greek and Egyptian artefacts. Lots to learn about Freud and his family and there lots of artworks to see in a temporary exhibition. Highly recommended!

Carol E

Fascinating house, great to see Sigmund Freud's original couch. Friendly staff and lovely garden.


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.

Staff Writer

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.