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.

Venue Type:

Museum

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

Discounts

  • 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.
Xray of Sigmund Freud's coat

Temporarily Accessioned: Freud’s Coat Revisited

  • 22 February — 7 May 2017 *on now

This exhibition is an opportunity to present new work by the artist, twenty years after first exhibiting at the museum in a show entitled Freud’s Coat.

Coldwell’s work focuses on the forced exile of Freud from Vienna in 1938 to settle in London for the last year of his life. The work he has made includes a full size print from x-rays of the coat that Freud purchased to travel to London, entitled Temporarily Accessioned-X-Ray (2016), and a reconstruction of the objects on Freud’s desk, 3D scanned and printed in pure white nylon, A Ghostly Return (2016). Together the work addresses the themes of absence and presence, of objects and loss, and touches on what it means to have to flee one’s home and become a migrant.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £8.00
Senior Citizens: £6.00
Concessions: £4.00 (students with valid ID cards, children aged 12-16, UK unemployed persons - with proof, disabled persons)
Children under 12: Free

Website

https://freud.org.uk/exhibitions/76736/temporarily-accessioned-freud%C3%A2%E2%80%99s-coat-revisited/

Photographic contact sheet displaying a woman dancing

Secrets of the Soul

  • 5 April — 7 May 2017

This new exhibition of works commissioned by UCL’s Psychoanalysis Unit explores the significance of secrets in psychic life and in psychoanalysis. Six student artists from the Slade School of Fine Art and the University of the Arts London have produced pieces that reflect on the fascination of secrets, meditating on art’s capacity both to reveal and conceal, and challenging Freud’s conviction that ‘no mortal can keep a secret’ from a psychoanalytically trained observer.

The Psychoanalysis Unit’s mission is to break the mould of traditional approaches to psychoanalysis, taking inspiration from the discipline’s ideas to meet modern challenges. Their truly interdisciplinary research draws on a wide range of research methods and theoretical perspectives taken from neuroscience and clinical trials, anthropology, economics and history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £8.00
Senior Citizens: £6.00
Concessions: £4.00 (students with valid ID cards, children aged 12-16, UK unemployed persons - with proof, disabled persons)
Children under 12: Free

Anna Freud with her class of children

The Best Possible School

  • 10 May — 16 July 2017

Modernism, creativity, the freedom to grow as a “free and self-reliant human being” – with these beliefs, Anna Freud, the youngest daughter of Sigmund Freud, and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, the youngest daughter of the great American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded Vienna’s Hietzing School.

To Erik H. Erikson who taught there, it was “the best possible school” and today its true significance, as both the teachers and the students remember it, comes to life in a dynamic new exhibit at the Freud Museum London.

Four historic photographs of Sigmund Freud are on view for the first time, along with original paintings and over 75 vintage pictures from private collections in Europe and America. Notable drawings, manuscripts and autographs make vivid the founders’ vision of the Hietzing School’s origins and sequels, its day-to-day experience and its enduring influence on our understanding of education and the developing mind.

Admission

£8/£4

Website

https://freud.org.uk/exhibitions/76788/the-best-possible-school-anna-freud-dorothy-tiffany-burlingham-and-the-hietzing-school-in-1920s-vienna/

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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Psychoanalysis after Freud

  • 19 January — 6 April 2017 *on now

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.)

Admission

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

Website

https://freud.org.uk/events/76448/psychoanalysis-after-freud/

Freud Museum tied with giant strands of red hair. Artwork by Alice Anderson

Beyond the White Cube

  • 22 April 2017 2-6pm

This half-day symposium uses Paul Coldwell’s current exhibition at the Freud Museum, Temporarily Accessioned: Freud’s Coat Revisited as a starting point to explore artistic interventions inside and outside the Freud Museum.

The Freud Museum is the antithesis to the concept of ‘the white cube’, a space stripped of references wherein artworks can be viewed without distraction. Here the artist has to fight for space and compete with an environment not only rich in material possessions, but also in the stories that it fosters. This symposium considers ways that artists and curators have approached this challenge and how increasingly, digital media has become part of an artist’s studio practice.

Admission

£35/£25

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-the-white-cube-artists-interventions-at-the-freud-museum-beyond-tickets-32085185654

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Fourth Person Singular

  • 15 May 2017 7-8:30pm

Claudia Rankine described the poems in Alsadir’s first book as 'lawless,' ‘provocative, and 'heart-breaking' as they converse from the inside out… come alive in the back and forth of a mind attempting to understand what it means to be in relation to. ’Fourth Person Singular continues to blow open the relationship between self and world in a working through of lyric shame, bending poetic form through fragment, lyric essay, aphorisms mined from the unconscious, and pop-up associations, to explore the complexities, congruities, disturbances - as well as the beauty - involved in self-representation in language. As unexpected as it is bold, Alsadir's ambitious tour de force demands we pay new attention to the current conversation about the nature of lyric – and human relationships – in the 21st century.

She talks to psychoanalyst and writer Josh Cohen about poetry, dreams, shame and related topics.

Admission

£10/£7

Website

https://freud.org.uk/events/76829/fourth-person-singular-/

Sigmund Freud's empty desk chair

Rescuing Repression from Repression: Freud's 1915 Classic Revisited

  • 17 May 2017 7-8:30pm

The 2017 Freud Memorial Lecture provides an extraordinary opportunity to hear the world-renowned psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Salman Akhtar.

The so-called widening scope of psychoanalysis has led to emphasis upon psychodynamic constellations of splitting, projective identification, and other 'primitive' defences at the cost of inattention to the mechanism of repression. This presentation seeks to undo this trend by noting the profound and pervasive significance of repression in mental life. By carefully going over Freud's 1915 paper on repression, this presentation will unmask four important binaries (primal vs. defensive, pushed down vs pulled under, banished vs. returned, and successful vs. failed) in this concept. The work of repression in pathologies organised around splitting etc. will also be highlighted. Ample social and clinical vignettes will be offered to illustrate the ideas proposed in this talk.

Professor Akhtar is one of the most creative and prolific psychoanalysts writing today and has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He has been a supporter of the Freud Museum for many years, and we are honoured that he is giving this prestigious lecture.

Admission

£15/£12 concessions and Friends of the Museum

Website

https://freud.org.uk/events/76734/rescuing-repression-from-repression-freuds-1915-classic-revisited/

Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London
Greater London
NW3 5SX
England

Website

www.freud.org.uk/

E-mail

info@freud.org.uk

Telephone

020 7435 2002

Fax

020 7431 5452

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