The Freud Museum
20 Maresfield Gardens

20 Maresfield Gardens

Freud's psychoanalytic couch

Freud's psychoanalytic couch

A summer event in the Museum garden

A summer event in the Museum garden

About the Museum

The History of the Museum

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

It contains Freud's remarkable collection of antiquities: Egyptian; Greek; Roman and Oriental. Almost 2,000 items fill cabinets and are arranged 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.

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 Freuds were fortunate to be able to bring all their furniture and household effects to London. These included 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 his 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum. For information about opening times and how to find the Museum, please see our Visit page. 

The Museum Today

The Museum engages actively with Sigmund and Anna's psychoanalytic legacy in contemporary ideas, art, and culture, while caring for the house and collections.

We have a broad range of Research Resources including Freud's personal library and collection, Anna Freud's personal library, an archive containing essential documentation on the life and work of Sigmund and Anna Freud and the history of psychoanalysis, a research library specialising in the history, theory and culture of psychoanalysis, a large library of photographs. Images from the library are also available to order.

Our busy Education Service caters for groups in primary, secondary and tertiary education, universities as well as adult and older learner groups. To book a group visit, and for biographical information about Sigmund Freud and key themes in his work, please see the Education section.

We offer KS2 workshops for primary school pupils. Based on the life and work of the pioneer of child psychoanalysis, Anna Freud, this workshop draws on Anna Freud's principles and techniques to help children develop positive approaches to their mental and emotional wellbeing. This section also offers a bibliography.

The lively Conferences and Events programme features leading writers, academics, and commentators and in previous years has included Jeannette Winterson, Edmund de Waal and George Makari. The 2017 Freud Memorial Lecture is to be given by world-renowned psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, Professor Salman Akhtar. 

Our cutting-edge Exhibition Programme, in which artists create new work in response to the house, has attracted major artists, including Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger, Louise Bourgeois and Sarah Lucas.

NB: Our exhibition programme is currently booked up until 2018 and we are not currently accepting unsolicited exhibition proposals.

The Freud Museum Shop has a wide range books on the life and work of Sigmund Freud and contemporary psychoanalysis. It also stocks a range of clever and unusual Freud-inspired gifts, art prints, jewellery and homeware.

The Museum can be hired for meetings, private events and filming.

We are an Accredited Museum.

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