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


  • 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.
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Trace fiber from Freud's couch under crossed polars with Quartz wedge compensator (#1), 2015, unique jacquard woven tapestry, 2.9m x 2m

Broomberg & Chanarin 'Every piece of dust on Freud's couch'

  • 7 October — 22 November 2015 *on now

For Every piece of dust on Freud’s couch, commissioned by the Freud Museum, Broomberg & Chanarin hired a police forensic team to scrutinise Sigmund Freud’s iconic couch, gathering DNA samples, strands of hair and a multitude of dust particles left by his home’s many visitors. These may include traces of Freud’s early patients such as ‘Dora’, the ‘Wolf Man’ and others, as well as those of more mundane visitors, mainly tourists, who have travelled from around the world to visit this legendary item of furniture.


Free with admission


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.

'Introducing Freud at the Freud Museum' 12 week evening class

  • 24 September — 10 December 2015 *on now

Dive into the unconscious this Autumn, in the unique setting of Freud's final home.

The first session will introduce the course and address the most important questions about the nature and status of psychoanalysis and Freud's standing at the present time. In the remaining 11 sessions we will work our way through Freud's writings - each lecture will be based on a short reading from Freud - and all the readings will be taken from: 'THE FREUD READER' edited by Peter Gay (Vintage Books 1995), which will be explained in detail and critically discussed.

No prior knowledge will be assumed and you will be guided by an experienced tutor with many years' teaching experience.

Tutor: Keith Barrett BA PhD
Having received his PhD from the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, Dr Barrett specialises in both philosophy and psychoanalysis and has taught at several leading institutions, including Imperial College and Birkbeck College.

This course is the first of a three term introduction to psychoanalysis - although each term is self-contained and can be taken independently of the others.


£175, £145 Members of the Museum, £110 students/unwaged


PROJECTIONS: Psychopathology of everyday economics - a cinematic journey

  • 12 October — 16 November 2015 *on now

Six-week evening course

‘PROJECTIONS: Psychopathology of everyday economics – a cinematic journey’ is a 6-week course deconstructing filmic representations of money and the workplace in a psychoanalytic framework, with particular attention to concepts including the pleasure principle, anal stage of psychosexual development, obsessional neurosis, death drive, alienation and desire. The market’s non-negotiable ambition is maximum profit at any cost; it competes fiercely and we follow suit, trading our labour (sometimes at uninspiring, dead-end jobs) to access the means of survival; inequality is becoming rife with material excess enjoyed by an elite few and austerity imposed on the vast majority. So what is the path to liberation from a system where financial globalisation, like the ego, is always an inauthentic agency, serving to disguise an unsettling absence of unity? How can we, individually and collectively, connect once more to a dignified livelihood built, defiantly, not on greed, but on meaningful creativity, the irresistible cornerstone of humanness?


£95/£65concessions/Member of the Freud Museum


A Caduveo girl photographed by Claude Lévi-Strauss

The Effectiveness of Symbols: Interdisciplinary Conference

  • 24 October 2015 9:30am-5:30pm

Why do symbols have such a powerful influence on human beings?

This question lies at the heart of both psychoanalysis and anthropology. In his seminal paper on ‘The Effectiveness of Symbols’, the French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss compared the healing practices of shamans and psychoanalysts in terms of the structuring effects of symbol and language on the body.

Lévi-Strauss opened up new ways of thinking about the symbolic dimension of human life, offering a subtle reformulation of the Freudian unconscious and putting forward a theory of symbolic function that continues to resonate within both fields.

This conference brings together eminent speakers from the fields of psychoanalysis and anthropology to reflect on Lévi-Strauss’ paper and its influence, and to discuss symbolic effectiveness in their own research and practice.


Exclusion, Unsustainability and the Determinations of the Symbolic
Henrietta Moore (social anthropologist and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity and Chair in Philosophy, Culture and Design at UCL)

Lévi-Strauss and the Poetics of the Unconscious
Boris Wiseman (Associate Professor, Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen)

Symbol and Symbolic Function
Darian Leader (psychoanalyst and author)

Therapeutic Emplotment in the Native American Church
Joseph Calabrese (medical anthropologist, UCL)

Psychosis, Embodiment and the Ineffectiveness of Symbols
Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz (psychoanalyst)

Suitable for

  • Any age


£60 Full Price / £45 Students/Concessions
£5 reduction for Members of the Freud Museum


Alinah Azadeh in Sigmund Freud's study

All About the Gift - Alinah Azadeh

  • 30 October 2015 6:30-9:30pm

We invite you to celebrate acts of gratitude and generosity, listen to a series of short talks by expert speakers and learn about the artist’s own experience of touring ‘Burning the Books’ across the UK. Create your own symbolic mixed-media gifts, recline on a replica Freudian couch and tidy up unfinished business; write up and wrap up your own tales of deserved thanks not given and engage in symbolic exchanges and rituals.

Explore Freud’s own extensive collection of gifts from his grateful patients and friends, which include his world famous psychoanalytic couch.

Drinks, music and warm atmosphere of generosity is on offer.

Leave inspired and endowed.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15




Broomberg & Chanarin

'Every piece of dust on Freud's couch' Broomberg & Chanarin in conversation with Anouchka Grose

  • 3 November 2015 6:30-8pm

For their exhibition 'Every piece of dust on Freud’s couch' artists Broomberg & Chanarin hired a police forensic team to scrutinise Sigmund Freud’s iconic couch, gathering DNA samples, strands of hair and a multitude of dust particles left by his many visitors. They discuss their findings and the resulting exhibition with psychoanalyst and writer, Anouchka Grose.

'Every piece of dust on Freud’s couch' is on display at The Freud Museum from 4 October – 22 November 2015.


£10/£7 concessions/Members of the Freud Museum


On Not Being Terrified of What you Hear

  • 11 November 2015 7-8:30pm

Hearing voices has been described as everything from schizophrenic to godlike. Radical psychiatry in the 1960's contested what today are termed 'auditory hallucinations' seeing them as containing what couldn't be said. The psychology researcher Eleanor Longden isn't crazy -- and neither are many other people who hear voices in their heads. She says the psychic phenomenon is a "creative and ingenious survival strategy" that should be seen "not as an abstract symptom of illness to be endured, but as complex, significant, and meaningful experience to be explored," Recent research shows that there are a variety of explanations for hearing voices, with many people beginning to hear voices as a response to extreme stress or trauma.

Psychologist Eleanor Longden, writer Jeanette Winterson and psychoanalyst Susie Orbach discuss hearing voices and the value these may hold for the individual.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£10/£7 concessions/Member of the Museum


Film still Hold Your Breath © the artist

'Hold Your Breath/Light That Obscures' Screening and discussion: Clement Page and Vicky Caplin

  • 17 November 2015 7-8pm

Join us for a screen of two films created by artist and filmmaker Clement Page, inspired by Sigmund Freud's work. Followed by a discussion between the artist and art historian, art agent and former psychoanalyst Vicky Caplin.

Light That Obscures (20 minutes), explores the intimate world of Isabella, a young female artist, living in Berlin, who develops an extreme fear of light, or (photo-phobia). The film focuses on the optical disturbances and fantasies which accompany her fear.

Hold Your Breath (20 minutes), is based on Sigmund Freud’s case history ‘The Wolf-Man: From the History of an Infantile Neurosis’. The ‘Wolf-Man’ is the story of Sergei Pankejeff, an enigmatic Russian boy who, aged five, suffers from a phobia of animals.


£10/£7 concessions/Members of the Freud Museum


psychotherapy and biography

Psychotherapy and Biography: Unnatural Bedfellows?

  • 20 November 2015 7-9:30pm

What is a successful biography? How can inner lives of others be satisfactorily explored and explained? Join a panel of writers looking at the fascinating process of writing biography using psychoanalytic thinking to understand psychoanalysts. Three authors, two of them psychotherapists, will discuss with professional biographer Frances Spalding the differences between analysis and writing biography, both practices which try to make sense of individual lives.

The discussion will be chaired by Frances Spalding, who has written acclaimed biographies of Virginia Woolf, Stevie Smith, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Gwen Raverat, among others. The speakers and their subjects are Marion Bower on Joan Riviere, Dee McQuillan on James Strachey, and Emma Letley on Marion Milner.


£18/£12 concessions and Members of the Freud Museum


At Home with Freud

  • 25 November 2015 1-2:30pm

Join the British Academy and the Freud Museum for a special afternoon exploring Freud in his own home. Listen to the Museum’s curator discuss their collection and then follow its Director, Carol Seigel, as she leads a tour through the house tracing Freud’s final year spent in London after fleeing from Nazi occupied Vienna.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Free with museum admission.


Hotel bookcover

'Woman and Home' Joanna Walsh in conversation with Deborah Levy

  • 8 December 2015 7-9:30pm

"There was a time in my life when I lived in hotels. Around this time, the time I did not spend in hotels was time I did not live. During this other time I haunted a marriage I was soon to leave. There’s no place like home and, as home seemed hardly to qualify as a place any more, I began to look for something elsewhere..." Joanna Walsh - Hotel

"Each new journey is a mourning for what has been left behind. The wanderer sometimes tries to recreate what has been left behind, in a new place. This always fails." Deborah Levy - Swallowing Geography

Can anyone, nowadays, live in a Hotel, a place where the heimlich of home meets the unheimlich of elsewhere? And, if they can't what's the alternative to this alternative to home? To mark the publication of her memoir, Hotel, join its author, Joanna Walsh, and Booker-shortlisted writer Deborah Levy, in Freud's last home to discuss belonging and exile, therapy, women and homes, as well as Freud's influence on their work. An excerpt from Hotel can be read at Granta Magazine.


£10/£7 concessions/Members of the Freud Museum


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