Freud Museum London

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Listed house in Hampstead where Sigmund Freud and his family lived after fleeing the Nazis in 1938. The Museum was founded in 1986. It has featured in numerous films and TV broadcasts and hosts regular exhibitions and events. It is available for hire for filming and evening functions.

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Opening hours

Wed 12.00-20.30
Thurs-Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00
Senior Citizens: £4.50
Concs: £3.00 (with valid student ID card, children aged 12-16, unemployed persons, disabled persons)
Under 12s: Free


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Additional info

Our library, study and research facilities are open by appointment only.

Sigmund Freud's large collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Oriental antiquities and his library. His study with the psychoanalytic couch preserve his working environment. A reference library, archive and picture library document the history of psychoanalysis.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Freud's couch; Dali portrait of Freud; Brouillet print of Charcot; Abu Simbel print; photographs of Yvette Guilbert, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Lou Andreas-Salome, Charcot, Freud family.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image from The Sessions by Bettina von Zwehl, 2016

Bettina von Zwehl 'Invitation to Frequent the Shadows'

  • 3 June — 17 July 2016 *on now

Invitation to Frequent the Shadows is a new exhibition by Bettina von Zwehl responding to the archive of Anna Freud. The work quietly infiltrates the stairwell, study and upstairs rooms of the Museum with the delicate small silhouettes of a young girl, shadowy portraits of women and an immersive light installation.

Von Zwehl is the first artist to respond directly to the archive of Anna Freud and Invitation to Frequent the Shadows evolved from a residency undertaken by the artist at the Museum from 2013 to 2014. The exhibition is also an homage to the artist’s closest friend, Natalie Ciletti, a child psychoanalyst who died tragically in 2009.

The exhibition is curated by Clare Grafik.

Bettina von Zwehl lives and works in London, and is best known for her subtle, distinctive photographic portraits. Her work has featured in many exhibitions including at the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum in London and galleries and museums in Europe and the USA.


Free with admission - no need to book.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

International Day Conference: Wagner's Parsifal and the Challenge to Psychoanalysis

  • 3 July 2016 9:30am-5pm

In our conference 'Wagner, Freud and the End of Myth' (2013) we argued that by taking the mythic dimension and bringing it into the human realm, Wagner anticipated Freud in his depiction of unconscious processes of the mind. It could be said that Freud and Wagner were dealing with the same stuff - the “fundamental psychosexual issues that affect us all” as Barry Millington put it, and for that reason a fruitful dialogue can exist between their two bodies of work.

The present conference is entirely devoted to Wagner’s final masterpiece, Parsifal, and explores whether this sublime, troubling and contentious work prefigures psychoanalytic insight or resists psychoanalytic interpretation. As a story of compassion and redemption, which nevertheless describes a world of perversion and mental anguish, what can Parsifal tell us about the secret springs of human desire and the conflicts of human nature? And how did Wagner manage to create it?


Full Price: £64
Students/Concessions: £48
£6 Reduction for Members of the Freud Museum.


Esther Toth

Sigmund's Shorts: Memoirs of a nurse

  • 10 July 2016 2-4pm

Join us for the latest in this series of monthly screenings introduced by filmmaker, Esther Toth.

Can there ever be a conclusion of analysis, or is it little more than myth? Do we ever actually get to the bottom of it and then proceed on our own, or would we continue eternally, condemned and blessed like Camus’ Sisyphus?

A hybrid of marionette theater and film, Memoirs of a nurse is the last part of a trilogy of video works exploring these themes. In this third installation, the story takes place after death, in a world beyond, where psychoanalysis turns out to be obligatory and also an infinite process. Through the eyes of the protagonist E, the film passes from her past life events and characters to her present analysis. The quest for the meaning of love intermingles with transference towards her therapist, whom she perceives as a rescuing, reparative object. In order to pay for their daily post-mortem sessions, the characters have to work through endless nights in a factory, on an assembly line which produces words.

Using a rich visual language, its multilayered tones echoing the blurred line between dream and nightmare and utopia and dystopia, the film is an affectionate but critical take on analysis. Guest appearances by David Lynch and Larry David as analyst and receptionist with strong Freud-Ferenczi tendencies.


Free with admission - no need to book.


richard lll

The Psycho-Cultural Dynamics of Emotion, Power and Politics in Richard III

  • 14 July 2016 6:30-9pm

The Freud Museum in association with Bournemouth University present a special panel discussion on the themes of Shakespeare’s Richard III and the motivations of its characters and the play’s relevance for contemporary understandings of emotion and politics. The event includes the performance of some key speeches from the play as performed by actors from the award-winning theatre ensemble, The Faction.

Shakespeare’s Richard III and the myths that surround him continue to fascinate, divide and intrigue audiences. The emotional intensity of the play, with its Machiavellian themes of ruthless politics and power resonate strongly within the cultural and political imagination and tap into contemporary dilemmas about the meanings of political leadership, nation and identity. The emotive themes of Shakespeare’s play and its complex characters also evoke psychoanalytic understandings of narcissism, jealousy and envy. These emotional themes, which relate to culture, character and processes of the unconscious, will be explored in the course of the panel discussion.


Panel speakers include:

Michael Rustin (University of East London), Margaret Rustin (Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust), Rachel Valentine Smith and Mark Leipacher (The Faction) Candida Yates (Bournemouth University).


Followed by a drinks reception & book launch of

Candida Yates, The Play of Political Culture, Emotion and Identity, Palgrave Macmillan

Speaker Biographies

Mark Leipacher is Artistic Director of The Faction for whom he has directed adaptations of Cervantes, Chaucer, Chekhov, Euripides, Goethe, Homer, Ibsen, Pirandello, Strindberg, a new stage version of Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley (4 Off West End Award nominations), five works by Schiller (Peter Brook Award and Off West End Award), and eight plays by Shakespeare including a production of Hamlet featuring a digital performance of Simon Russell Beale as the Ghost, and a 2016 production of Richard III. He has also portrayed Richard on stage in 2008 production. He is Adjunct Faculty lecturing in Shakespeare Studies at Syracuse University London, a visiting director at the American School in London, and a Chair of Platforms at the National Theatre. His book on actor-director collaboration, Catching The Light, is published by Oberon Books.

Margaret Rustin is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist, an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Child Analyst. She was Head of Child Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London from 1985 to 2007. She has published many articles, and co-edited Closely Observed Infants; Assessment and Child Psychotherapy, Psychotic States in Children, Work Discussion, and Young Child Observation (2013). She is co-author, with Michael Rustin, of Narratives of Love and Loss: Studies in Modern Children’s Literature, and Mirror to Nature: Drama, Psychoanalysis and Society. and their Reading Klein will be published in 2016.

Michael Rustin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has published widely on the interrelations between psychoanalyis, culture and society. His books include The Good Society and the Inner World, Reason and Unreason, and The Inner World of Doctor Who (with Iain MacRury). He edited, with David Armstrong, Social Defences against Anxiety: Explorations in a Paradigm, published in November 2014. Margaret and Michael Rustin share a long-standing interest in the theatre.

Rachel Valentine Smith is Artistic Director of The Faction for whom she has directed adaptations of Aeschylus, Euripides, Goethe, Ibsen, Kafka, Lorca, Schiller, three works by Shakespeare, a celebration of film noir called Moerder, the English language premiere of An Arab Woman Speaks for Dario Fo's 90th birthday festivities, and Gorky's Vassa Zheleznova currently running at the Southwark Playhouse. She was Education Director of Themba in South Africa, taking forum theatre work into townships and drafting curricula for drama studies. She is an alumnus of the Directors Lab at New York's Lincoln Center, and a NESTA-award nominated short filmmaker.

Candida Yates is Professor of Culture and Communication in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournmouth University. Her research background is in Psychosocial Studies and its application to media and popular culture. She is Director (with Caroline Bainbridge, University of Roehampton) of the AHRC Media and Inner World research network, and has published widely on the psychosocial dynamics of politics, emotion, gender and popular culture. Her publications include The Play of Political Culture, Emotion and Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Television and Psychoanalysis (co-ed, Karnac Books, 2014) Media and the Inner World: Psycho-Cultural Approaches to Emotion, Media and Popular Culture (co-ed, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).


£10/£7 concessions and Friends of the Freud Museum



Viv Groskop: Be More Margo

  • 14 July 2016 6:30-9pm

Following her sold-out 5* Edinburgh debut ‘Say Sorry to the Lady’, we are delighted to welcome Viv Groskop to the Museum with her new work in progress about snobbery, class, Britishness and The Good Life, fuelled entirely by gin - with an added psychoanalytical twist just for the Freud Museum. Should we be classless now that we’re “all in it together”? Or is it time to reassert our inner reactionary and Be More Margo.

Viv Groskop is a comedian and writer. A regular on BBC Radio 4 (Front Row, Saturday Live, Quote Unquote), her debut solo show Say Sorry to the Lady played to sold-out crowds and had five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Her 2016 show Be More Margo is back at The Stand in Edinburgh this August and is about Britishness, class, female role models and The Good Life.

“Absolutely hilarious” — Jennifer Saunders.

“Fresh and exciting” — Sara Pascoe.

“Mucho talent” — David Schneider.

“The queen of funny. Hysterical. You have to see this woman” — Mary Portas.

“Superb. At the top of her game as a stand-up” —

“Wonderfully witty” — Time Out.


£15/£10 Concessions and Friends of the Freud Museum


David Lynch

PROJECTIONS: David Lynch's blurred identity trilogy

  • 3 September 2016 10-5:30am

Beloved American director David Lynch captivates and mystifies audiences with luxurious cinematic dreamscapes, creating glorious puzzles for the mind and heart of film fans. Three titles in particular (Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire) form his unofficially named 'blurred identity trilogy' featuring surrealistic representations of characters embarking on perplexing paths in search of lost selves. In her PROJECTIONS course, MARY WILD will deconstruct and interpret the unforgettable Lynchian triptych from a psychoanalytic perspective, the central thesis being that in each instalment a psychogenic fugue follows the unconscious trauma of unrequited love. The framework of study will include Sigmund Freud's hydraulic model of the mind, Jacques Lacan's linguistic theory, and Carl Jung's concepts of persona/shadow to illuminate Lynch's iconic dream-logic, which is disturbing and beguiling in equal measure.

Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions:

Session 1 - Lost Highway (1997): A jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a another man and begins a new life

Session 2 - Mulholland Drive (2001): An amnesiac woman and an aspiring actress search for answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality

Session 3 - Inland Empire (2006): As an actress begins to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal

10am - open
10.30am - first session
12.30pm - lunch
1.15pm - second session
3.15pm - tea break
3.30 - third session
5.30pm - finish

PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary - the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.


Full priced £60/£48 students/concessions (£5 reduction for Friends of the Freud Museum)

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Introducing Freud at the Freud Museum

  • 22 September — 8 December 2016

Tutor: Keith Barrett BA PhD

As Freud is so frequently referred to it is natural to assume that we already know everything about him, but the superficial manner in which his ideas are normally discussed – often intended to justify dismissing psychoanalysis out of hand – conceals the fact that his thinking is little understood, despite the controversy that has raged around his ideas since they first became internationally known. This course will offer the opportunity to engage directly with Freud’s writings, clarifying the meaning of his most important concepts and theories, as well as his views on the practice of psychoanalysis. We will place Freud accurately in his historical context – as well as bringing into focus the relevance of his work to debates that are taking place now. The course will be accessible to beginners but will also stimulate those who already have some knowledge of Freud and psychoanalysis. Each session will be based around selected passages from Freud’s writings (all the readings are taken from ‘The Freud Reader’ edited by Peter Gay).

Week 1: Introduction: The nature and status of psychoanalysis: perspectives and debates. (p3 – 17 & p783 – 796)

Week 2: Hysteria (1): What is (or was) ‘hysteria’? A ‘female malady’? The case of ‘Anna O’: dissociation, hypnosis and the ‘cathartic method’. Freud’s early practice as a psychotherapist. (p60 – 78)

Week 3: Hysteria (2): Symptoms and ‘defence’: from hypnosis to ‘free association’. From the ‘Lucy R’ case to the ‘seduction theory’. The reasons for Freud’s abandonment of the ‘seduction theory’ (p78 – 86 & p96 – 113)

Week 4: Dreams (1): The meaning of dreams and how Freud learned to interpret them. The dream of ‘Irma’s Injection’. Freud’s theory of dreams. (p129 – 172)

Week 5: Dreams (2): Freud’s use of his own dreams in his ‘self-analysis’. His reconstruction of his own early childhood. The limitations of self- analysis. The role of dreams in psychodynamic psychotherapy. (p111-126)

Week 6: Sexuality (1): The meaning of ‘Infantile sexuality’. Freud’s ‘stages’ of psychosexual development. The Oedipus complex. Freud on the sexual abuse of children. (p 239 – 293)

Week 7: Sexuality (2): Sexuality in adulthood. Perversion, heterosexuality and homosexuality. Freud’s view of ‘love’. His later theory of the neuroses. The nature and functions of human sexuality. (p387 – 400 & p443 – 481)

Week 8: The Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: The ‘Dora’ case and the importance of ‘transference’. Freud’s ‘Papers on Technique’. (p172 – 239 & p356 – 387)

Week 9: Narcissism and the Death instinct. (p545 – 562 & p601 – 617)

Week 10: Mourning and the structure of the psyche. (p584 – 589 & 626 – 645)

Week 11: Freud’s later views on the difference between the sexes. (p670 – 678)

Week 12: Society and human happiness. (p 722 – 772)


Phillips, A. ‘Becoming Freud: the making of a psychoanalyst’ (Yale U.P. 2014)

Thurschwell, P. ‘Sigmund Freud ( 2nd edition)’ (Routledge 2009)

Frosh, S. ‘A brief introduction to psychoanalytic theory' (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)

Zaretsky, E. ‘Secrets of the soul: a social and cultural history of psychoanalysis’ (Knopf 2004)

Breger, L. ‘Freud: Darkness in the midst of vision’ (Wiley 2000)

Micale, M. ‘Hysterical men: the hidden history of male nervous illness’ (Harvard U. P. 2008)

Rabate, J-M. ‘Literature and Psychoanalysis’ (Cambridge U.P. 2014)

Appignanesi, L. ‘Freud’s Women’ (Penguin 1997) & Forrester

J Grosz, S. ‘The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves’. (Vintage 2014)

Minsky, R. ‘Psychoanalysis and gender: an introductory reader’ (Routledge, 1996)

Bergman, M.,‘The anatomy of loving: The story of man’s quest to know what love is’ (Columbia U. P. 1987)

Malan, D. ‘Individual psychotherapy and the science of psychodynamics’ (Butterworths 1995)


Full price £180

Friend of the Freud Museum £155 - join today and receive 15 months membership for the price of 12 when you pay by annual Direct Debit.

Student/concession £120


Psychoanalysis after Freud

  • 19 January — 6 April 2017

Tutor: Keith Barrett BA PhD

Psychoanalysis was initiated by Freud, then transformed by a series of powerful creative figures who both extended and deepened its range, opening new intellectual horizons as they applied its methods to new problems and new fields. We will focus on four leading innovators, carefully examining their criticisms of Freud and the manner in which they modified his theories and therapeutic practice. In this way, the course will give an overview of the development of psychoanalysis across its first century and into the beginning of its second. While intended to be accessible to beginners, it will also stimulate those who already have some knowledge of the field.

(The course is self-contained – as is ‘Introducing Freud at the Freud Museum’ which precedes it in the autumn term. The two courses can be taken in either order, or as ‘stand alone’ modules, but complete beginners wanting a thorough introduction to psychoanalysis should take ‘Introducing Freud’ first, then follow on with the present course.)


Full price - £190

Friend of the Freud Museum £160 - join before 15 December 2016 and receive 15 months membership for the price of 12 when you pay by annual Direct Debit.

Student/concession - £125


Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
Greater London




020 7435 2002


020 7431 5452

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