Freud Museum London
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.
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
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.
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.
Festival of the Unconscious
- 24 June — 4 October 2015 *on now
Exciting things are happening at the Freud Museum London this summer. A century after Sigmund Freud’s revolutionary ideas reached a wider public, his final home, dedicated to preserving his legacy, has invited artists, designers, writers and performers to revisit Freud’s seminal paper The Unconscious (1915).
- Any age
'Hilda & Freud - collected words' Promenade performance by Antonio Quinet
- 3 July 2015 7-8:30pm *on now
The Unconscious on Stage Company returns to the Museum for three nights of their hugely successful performance about the acclaimed American poet HD (Hilda Doolittle)’s analysis with Freud, on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July.
The play is based on HD´s book Tribute to Freud, the letters she exchanged with Freud and her literary circle, as well as some of her poetry; Hilda, was forty seven years old when she met Freud, then in his late seventies, in 1930s Vienna. It was the beginning of a startling "love affair",, with exchanges of gifts, letters and flowers, within and beyond the psychoanalytical setting. During the presentation, the audience will accompany Hilda on her visit to Freud´s residence, soon after his death in London, guided by the Narrator on this tour around the house as through the chambers of her mind. During her visit Hilda revives moments of her life and analysis, which she defined as a "free verse relationship” with Freud. In a psychoanalytical, non-conventional, treatment, she works through her war traumas as well as her illuminating cosmic and oceanic epiphanies.
'Folds in Time: Artists' Responses to the Temporal and the Uncanny' Day Conference
- 4 July 2015 9:30am-5pm
4 July 2015
9.30am - 5.00pm
Folds in Time: Artists' Responses to the Temporal and the Uncanny
Day Conference at the Freud Museum
Convened by Brass Art as part of the Festival of the Unconscious.
This conference brings together artists, curators and writers to examine the ways artists harness aspects of the uncanny and the unconscious in their navigation of physical and imagined spaces. Built around artists’ practices which have responded to the repressed, the unthought or the untold, and which employ fractured, dream-like or metamorphic narratives; the conference will mix keynote addresses with artist-in-conversations.
Saskia Olde Wolbers
£60 / £45 Students and Concessions
(£5 discount for members of the Freud Museum)
'Our Strange Thoughts' David Adam in conversation with Oliver James
- 8 July 2015 7:30-8:30pm
Have you ever had the sudden fear that you didn’t lock the back door? Or the disturbing thought of jumping in front of an oncoming train?
You are not alone. Most of us experience strange thoughts and compulsions that occur to us ‘out of the blue’. They can sometimes be distressing and embarassing, but they are also very common. For many people, they spiral into the living nightmare of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
OCD is estimated to afflict roughly 750,000 people in the UK alone. But what exactly is it? Where do its characteristic thoughts and explanations come from? And can a psychoanalytic approach shed light on this debilitating condition?
Join David Adam and Oliver James for an intimate exploration of the experience of OCD and its possible explanations.
'The Unconscious: from Freud to Lacan' Anouchka Grose
- 14 July 2015 7-8:30pm
While the contents of the unconscious might be obscure and perplexing, when Freud spoke about 'the unconscious' he meant something very precise. This talk will look at Freud's 'discovery' of the unconscious, and at his conceptualisation of it. It will also deal with the peculiar logic of symptom formation. From there, it will go on to look at Lacan's notion of the language-like unconscious, showing how this was developed in accordance with Freud's ideas.
Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, where she regularly lectures. She is the author of No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010) and Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), and is the editor of 'Hysteria Today', a collection of essays to be published by Karnac later this year. She also writes for The Guardian and teaches at Camberwell School of Art.
'Rorschach Audio' An Evening of Psychoacoustic and Optical Illusions
- 23 July 2015 7-8:30pm
The book Rorschach Audio: Art & Illusion for Sound, by author and installation artist Joe Banks, takes as its central metaphor the comparison between the perception of ambiguous speech-sounds, and the “projective” interpretation of the famous ink-blot tests devised by the Freudian psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach in 1921.
With a nod to the model of perception proposed by Freud, Banks explores relationships between mechanisms of aural and visual perception, demonstrating a series of highly entertaining and sometimes bizarre psychoacoustic and optical illusions.
With a further nod to ideas proposed in Freud’s The Future of An Illusion, the lecture focusses on a critique of Spiritualistic and allegedly supernatural Electronic Voice Phenomena (ghost-voice) recordings, a theme wildly popular in contemporary sound installation art. Banks traces the illusions involved as far back as the artist generally recognised as the most important figure in the history of Western art, and reveals the role that relatively little-known wartime intelligence work with sound had on what is arguably the most important work of visual arts theory ever published.
'Acting the Unconscious' An insight into the rehearsal room
- 25 July 2015 10am-1pm
25 July 2015
10am - 1pm
It is an essential task for an actor during rehearsals to try and understand the psyche of the character they are playing. All an actor initially has to go off are words printed in a script: the task of unlocking the truth behind what is being said more often than not lies in the unconscious.
Join actor Oliver Lynes to explore the unconscious in the rehearsal room. Using exercises, games and simple dialogue, this workshop will draw on the work of improvisational theatre pioneer Keith Johnstone, and the rehearsal techniques of renowned theatre director Max Stafford-Clark. Both of these figures offer fun, exciting ways to address the role of the unconscious in performance, and go a long way in helping to answer some of the fundamental questions that actors face: ‘what do I want?’ and ‘how do I go about getting it?’
The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia & the Revolution in Mental Health Care
- 18 August 2015 7-8:30pm
Author's Talk: John Foot
Writer and Professor of Modern Italian History, John Foot discusses his latest publication, The Man Who Closed the Asylums (Verso August 2015) - The fascinating story of Franco Basaglia, one of the key intellectual and cultural figures of 1960s counterculture—a contemporary of R.D. Laing who worked to overturn institutions from within and ended up transforming mental health care in Italy.
Inspired by the writings of authors such as Primo Levi, R. D. Laing, Erving Goffman, Michel Foucault and Frantz Fanon, and the practices of experimental therapeutic communities in the UK, Basaglia’s seminal work as a psychiatrist and campaigner in Gorizia, Parma and Trieste fed into and substantially contributed to the national and international movement of 1968. In 1978 a law was passed (the ‘Basaglia law’) which sanctioned the closure of the entire Italian asylum system.
'Imaginary Friends' Festival of the Unconscious Screenprinting Workshop
- 29 August 2015 12-12:45pm, 1-1:45pm, 2:30-3:15pm, 3:30-4:15pm, 4:30-5:15pm
Children are known to have imaginary friends, people/animals/creatures/inventions but we don’t often think of adults having such friends. This interactive project asks you, the participant, to explore your own imaginary creations. What do they look like? What might you confide in them that you do not in others around you? You will create your idealised imaginary friend through the medium of screenprinting to take home and treasure, with artists and performers Jairo Zaldua and Nicola Green.
Jairo Zaldua & Nicola Green are experimental printmakers, who create imagery together through mediums of digital, silkscreen, linocut, collage and three dimensional art, sometimes incorporating found objects (old Victorian doors), performance and sound. Their most recent works are site specific and interactive printmaking installations and workshops.
£13/£10 concessions and Members of the Freud Museum/ £6 children
'Performing the Unconscious' An evening of performance with artists Shaun Caton and Quilla Constance
- 1 September 2015 7-8:30pm
Join us for an evening of performance inspired by The Festival of the Unconscious, featuring artists, Shaun Caton and Quilla Constance.
‘PRECIPICE RECIPE’ is a new performance formulated specially for the Freud Museum’s dining room and uses Sigmund Freud’s dining table to present a miniature wunderkammer – or cabinet of curiosities – of curious artifacts found in or near the river Thames. In something akin to the guise of a shaman Caton interacts with these objects, creating fabulous projections and breath-taking moments of surreal paradox. As both curator and creator in his own dream-like museum within a museum, he reveals and conceals a series of fractured, apocalyptic stories inside stories evinced in bold and disturbing images - not words. This multi-dimensional performance is an opportunity for people to experience Caton’s immersive world of stratified culture and ritual in a museum setting.
Jennifer Allen (as Quilla Constance) will give a performative lecture on Freud's theory of the unconscious, automatism and jouissance, with reference to texts by Jacques Lacan, Bruce Fink, and Rosi Braidotti. To follow, Allen will screen a bespoke re-edit of her recent arts council commissioned video work 'PUKIJAM'. The piece sees Quilla Constance perform a sub-linguistic vocal scat intercut with 'exotic' scenes from her painting studio, and a hypnotic Rorschach test inspired montage of objects. The video will be interspersed with a live, automatic Cello fugue.
'Sniffing the Unconscious' An interactive talk on the history of scent with Odette Toilette
- 9 September 2015 7-8:30pm
It's often perceived as our most base of senses. Freud used the term osphresiolagnia to describe the pleasure we take in odours, a pleasure which we arguably repress as we mature into adulthood. In this sniffable talk, fragrance specialist Odette Toilette takes us into a journey of the unconscious through our sense of smell, exploring how we respond to perfumes and odours, and the fine division between delight and disgust. Be ready to sample across a very strange palette of scents indeed, and even to mimic Salvador Dali's fad for smelling perfumes while napping to generate new artistic ideas.
Since her first event in 2010, fragrance lover Odette Toilette (aka Lizzie Ostrom) has been changing the way we think about our sense of smell ever since. Her interactive experiences have made learning about perfume fun, encompassing teen scent nostalgia workshops, sniffable history lectures, and scented tours of art galleries. An infectious public speaker Odette has presented at institutions such as The British Museum, The Wellcome Collection, The Natural History Museum, Somerset House, the Museum of London and Tate Britain, and frequently appears in broadcast media as a commentator on the industry. She works with personal care brands on new product development and communications, and is co-founder with Rodd Design of ode, a new venture using fragrance to support people with dementia. Odette is currently writing her first book, A Century of Scent in 100 Perfumes (Hutchinson, 2015).
'Conjuring and our conscious experience: Why magic works' Dr. Gustav Kuhn
- 15 September 2015 7-8:30pm
15 September 2015
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm
Magic is one of the oldest art forms, and for centuries conjurors have created illusions of the impossible by distorting your perception and thoughts. Advances in Psychology and Neuroscience offer new insights into why our minds are so easily deceived and I will explore some to the mechanisms that are involved in magic. Magic involves more than simple deception. Magic works because magicians have learnt to exploit limitations in human cognition, and these psychological limitations are so counterintuitive that are more willing to accept a magical interpretation rather than acknowledge these limitations.
In this talk we will explore some of the principles used by magicians to distort your perception. For example, we will look at how magicians use misdirection to manipulate your attention and thereby prevent you from noticing things even though they might be right in front of your eyes. Alternatively, magicians may manipulate your expectations about the world and thus bias the way you perceive objects and can even make you see things that aren’t necessarily there. At first sight, our proneness to being fooled by conjuring trick could be interpreted as a weakness of the human mind. However, contrary to this popular belief, I will demonstrate that these “errors” reveal the complexity of visual perception and highlight the ingenuity of the human mind.
Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
020 7435 2002
020 7431 5452