Freud Museum London

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Freud Museum London
Venue says London’s most intriguing museum was the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. Visit and see Freud's iconic couch.

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.

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Freud Museum London says
It is said that the 20th century person was born on Freud’s couch. The Freud Museum was the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis – a theory of how the mind works and a method of helping people in mental distress.

Freud came to London with his family in 1938, after fleeing Nazi-occupied Vienna. Most importantly for Freud, he was able to bring his library and much-loved collection of over 2,000 antiquities with him to London – where he re-created his study much as it had been in Vienna. Here, among the book-lined walls of his study, you’ll find the original, now iconic couch on which Freud’s patients told him their dreams.

Current exhibition (until 30 Sept 2018): Leaving Today: The Freuds in Exile 1938. On 4 June 1938, Sigmund Freud, his wife, Martha, and their daughter Anna left Vienna forever. On the same day, he wrote to his friend, the writer, Arnold Zweig: “Leaving today for 39 Elsworthy Road, London”. Freud’s note was simple, but behind it lay a dangerous series of events and an urgent need to escape.

House Tours: 2pm every Wednesday & 1st Sunday of the Month. Exhibitions & tours included with admission.

Browse the Museum Shop for quirky and inspirational gifts and books for the intellectually curious.

Explore the life and work of one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the 20th century. Learn about Freud’s theories including The Oedipus Complex, the Ego, Id and Superego.
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Venue name: Freud Museum London
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Address: 20 Maresfield Gardens
London
NW3 5SX
Opening hours: Summer (2 Jul – 24 Sept): Wed-Mon, noon-5pm, except Mon 27 Aug (Bank Holiday); rest of the year: Wed-Sun, noon-5pm
Transport: Tube: Finchley Rd
Price: Adults:£9, Concessions: £7, Young Persons (12-16): £5, Children (under 12); Free, Friends of the museum: Free.
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  • Wednesday October 3 2018 - Sunday February 24 2019

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Tiny house in a beautiful area of London, a lot of information about Freud and her daughter and super friendly staff. Recommended! 


Lovely museum in Freud's last residence. Especially the study with Freud's couch is beautiful and atmospheric. I didn't expect his collection of antiques from around the world. The audioguide gives a lot of interesting information about Freud's work & private life, incl. Anna Freud's work. I especially enjoyed the Viennese accent of the German version. Some of the stuff in the museum shop made me laugh but they also have a very good selection of psychoanalytic literature (all English). Their events programme looks very interesting, I'll certainly come back for a psychoanalytic film discussion but they also have short courses and lots of talks and exhibitions. I chatted with some of the staff members who were very friendly and seemed to really care about psychoanalysis. I had a really nice time and can highly recommend the museum.

tastemaker

The museum is set off the busy main Finchley Road in a wonderful, tree lined, affluent street and is set in a beautiful house.  The museum takes up just the central part of the building - the rest being given over to offices and storage.  Our group of 12 people had a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide talking to us for 1 1/2 hours about the Freuds and how the contents of the house related to their work. Of course, THE COUCH was on prominent display. I was surprised how many knick knacks from around the world Mr Freud had collected - they covered almost every surface possible - he used them to help him while seeing patients. And interestingly, Anna used to knit while seeing her child patients!  So many interesting facts learned at this place, my head was spinning.Shame a large part of the garden was sold off as it would have been lovely to wander out there on a sunny day.  Otherwise a total of 2 hours well spent.

tastemaker

This is a great little museum. Admission comes with an audio guide that talks about Freud's theories and impact on the world. 


The obvious highlight is Freud's study. You walk into this room and your jaw drops. So many books and artifact from all over the world, you truly get a sense of the depth of study and array of interests Freud possessed. (And, of course, it has the famous Freud couch!)  


It is not the place you could spend the entire day at, but the surrounding area has a lot of cool restaurants after you've had your fill of Freud. 

tastemaker

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!    


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.


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!


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

Tastemaker

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.

Tastemaker

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.