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The Freud Museum

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

Permanent Collection

It contains Freud's remarkable collection of antiquities: Egyptian; Greek; Roman and Oriental. Almost two thousand items fill cabinets and are ranged 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 of reference books.
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 museum is now being developed as a cultural and research center of outstanding value to the professional community. The Freud's were fortunate to be able to bring all their furniture and household effects to London: there were 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 Freud's 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.


The Freud Museum's central function is to celebrate the life and work of Sigmund and Anna Freud. The museum organises active programmes of research and publication. It has an education service which organizes seminars, conferences and special visits to the museum.

Previous Exhibitions

Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Polymorphous Perverse
(8 November - 7 Jan. 2007)
Exhibition curated by James Putnam.
A 'must see' for the London art scene. (Evening Standard)

Exhibition at the Freud Museum
Jan 10 – March 11, 2007
Open 12 - 5 pm, Wednesday to Sunday: entry to Museum & Exhibition £5 (£3 concessions).
(also at Swiss Cottage Library NW3 and the The Arts Club W1)
…the proximity of art and life against the backdrop of contemporary politics exploring issues of distrust, suspicion, delusion, fear and terror.

The world is witnessing dramatic and shocking events, which create an atmosphere of uncertainty and unease. The destruction of the World Trade Center and more recently the London Underground attacks sparked the chain reaction of events that are shaping future prospects of the world through horror and terror.
Fictional apocalyptic stories are worryingly similar to everyday reality, causing increasing fear and creating a climate of anxiety. When does the mind become paranoid?

Paranoia is the terrifying fear of being hurt.
Paranoia is a false accusation pretending to be real.
Paranoia is the accuser side of the false or unreal self. The feeling is real but the characters are displaced and substituted. The accused is merely a stand-in for the real person.
Paranoia needs an enemy, but can't seem to find the real persecutor. So, anyone will do.
Paranoia victimizes the innocent by accusing them of being guilty of harmful actions that never occurred in the first place.
Paranoia claims that you are guilty before the trial and the probability of your innocence is denied and rejected.
Parano...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Exhibition at the Freud Museum
March 22 – April 22, 2007
Curated by Tamar Garb

The word ‘Reisemalheurs’ is taken from a letter written by Sigmund Freud to his family while on holiday in Blackpool in 1908. It invokes the mishaps and misfortunes that often accompany tourist travel but is suggestive too of the wider travails and stresses of journeys, both forced and voluntary. The work of the South African, New York based artist, Vivienne Koorland, addresses themes of displacement and dislocation, using formal structures such as maps, lists and images borrowed from historical sources and reworked in materially dense paintings. The work thematises 'travel' and its traces in both language and image and questions the concept of ‘home’, itself a mythic place, the stuff of dreams and fantasies rather than a secure or comfortable location. To coincide with the exhibition, the Freud Museum will be mounting a display of travel paraphernalia drawn from its own archive. Included will be maps, photographs, letters, post cards and objets d'art collected by Freud on his travels.

A catalogue to accompany the exhibition will include an interview by Mark Godfrey with the artist, articles by Adrian Rifkin and William Kentridge and an essay by the curator, Tamar Garb.


Admission: £5:00 or £3:00 for concessions; children under 12 years free

Opening hours

The Museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.
(Mondays & Tuesdays closed).

Getting there

The Freud Museum is located at 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3, near Finchley Road Underground Station. Blue signposts mark the way from the station to the museum. Exit the station, cross Finchley Road and turn to the right. After about 100 metres turn to the left into Trinity Walk (TR WK on above map).At the top of Trinity Walk, turn to the left into Maresfield Gardens, and you will reach the Freud Museum after about 150 metres, on the right-hand side.

Underground: Take the Jubilee Line or Metropolitan Line to Finchley Road underground station (note that this is in Underground Zone 2). From station follow signposts (see instructions above).

Bus: To the Finchley Road Underground Station, 13, 82, 113

Taxi or car: From Central London follow the Finchley Road (A41) north as far as Swiss Cottage. At the Swiss Cottage intersection follow the sign to Hampstead. This takes you up Fitzjohn's Avenue (marked yellow on map). Take 3rd turn left after the Swiss Cottage lights into Nutley Terrace, which intersects Maresfield Gardens.

Parking: There is residents-only parking outside the Museum, but you will find "pay-and-display" parking at each end of the block and on Nutley Terrace


There is a shop well-stocked with books on the life and work of Sigmund Freud and books on contemporary psychoanalysis. Postcards and souvenirs are also available.

News and events

Freud Museum Artists’ Talks
in conjunction with the PARANOIA exhibition (Jan 10th - March 11th 2007)
see website for futher information

At The Freud Museum, London, 22 March– 22 April 2007
With Essays and Interviews by Mark Godfrey, William Kentridge and Adrian
Rifkin in the Exhibition Catalogue

A series of public tours will be staged during the exhibition: on Sunday 25 March at 3pm the curator, Tamar Garb, will give a guided tour for the general public and on Sunday 15 April, Tamar Garb, and arts writer Adrian Rifkin will discuss their favourite works in the show


The Freud Museum's central function is to celebrate the life and work of Sigmund and Anna Freud. The museum organises active programmes of research and publication. It has an education service which organizes seminars, conferences and special visits to the museum.


Normal opening hours are Wednesday - Sunday 12.00 - 5.00pm. Educational groups of 10 or more can book visits outside normal opening hours at £3 per person for secondary schools or universities and £1 per person for primary schools. The cost for adult groups is £6 per person outside normal hours. Groups can also book visits during normal opening hours, but these will be without a guide. You will be able to see Freud's consulting room, couch, library and antiquities, and archive film of Freud and his family in Vienna and London. The 'Interpretation of Dreams' exhibition is displayed around the museum and a small exhibition about Anna Freud can be found on the first floor. You can also download worksheets and discussion topics from the website.
There are no lunch facilities at the museum, but many cafes and restaurants nearby. Groups should allow one and a half hours for their visit. Please phone Ivan Ward at the museum for further information and to pre-book your visit.

Venue hire

The Freud Museum can be hired for meetings, buffets and formal dinners. It can also be hired for filming.