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: £8.00
Senior Citizens: £6
Concs: £4.00 (with valid student ID card, children aged 12-16, unemployed persons, disabled persons)
Under 12s: Free


  • Museums Association

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.
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Play and Psychoanalysis

  • 19 July — 10 September 2017 *on now

It is only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.’ - Donald W. Winnicott

We all play. We all need play. But how do we define play? Play is at the core of development, of creativity, of mental health. It is a source of fun, a way of dealing with anxieties, of creating something new, of building relationships. It helps to define who we are and what we can do.

Exploring play and its many meanings in psychoanalysis, this exhibition will look at play in the work of Sigmund and Anna Freud, Melanie Klein and Donald W. Winnicott, and how approaches to play, within and outside of the clinic, have developed since Sigmund Freud’s lifetime. Was play controversial and why? How was it used in clinical sessions? Why do we all need to play?

The exhibition will include works made by children in workshops at children’s charity UP: Unlocking Potential, a centre for vulnerable children. They used soft materials to make models of teddies and superheroes, hands and animals. Artworks by adult artists that explore or subvert notions of play will sit next to the children’s works.

Games and Interviews with key figures in the field (as well as people who just like to play) will be available on audio-visual devices that will punctuate the exhibition. PLAY aims to be informative and interactive, seeking to entice people of all ages to play at the Freud Museum, with an open invitation: Come and play!

Exhibition kindly supported by Arts Council England and Kings College London

Suitable for

  • Any age


£8, £6, £4 under 12 free

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.
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Art in the Dark

  • 26 — 27 August 2017 12-5pm

Joining us this weekend are the superb House of Fairy Tales. They are running two drop-in workshops for all ages.

OHP (Over Head Projection) Workshop:

The OHP, a magic lantern, or a Mystic Writing Pad, as Freud might well have called it. A device that translates writing and drawing into ghost images of themselves. By taking this piece of defunct office equipment and by re-engaging and repurposing it this workshop will look to explore, through play, complex themes about the dynamics of representation and the uncanny.

The Fidget spinning drawing machine:

Usefulness and uselessness will be explored with the fidget spinning drawing machines. The latest object to become a craze will be repurposed as a writing machine. Visitors will be asked to invent ways to write with a fidget spinner. But what does this writing tell us about ourselves and what does it say of the machine that we have used to write with? By exploring traces and memories, (made by a modern tool!) the workshop will playfully question some of the archaeological metaphors that Freud was so fascinated with.

Part of an exciting series of events at the Museum which coincide with the exhibition ‘Play and Psychoanalysis’, on display from 19 July to 10 September 2017.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free with general admission to the Museum. Children under 12 are free.

Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
Greater London




020 7435 2002


020 7431 5452

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