Freud Museum London

Freud's couch
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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.
Anna Freud with her class of children

The Best Possible School

  • 10 May — 16 July 2017 *on now

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.




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.
Sigmund Freud's couch

'Two Sides of One Coin' The Freud Museums in London and Vienna

  • 29 June 2017 From 7pm

Berggasse 19 and 20 Maresfield Gardens are both museums dedicated to Sigmund Freud. The first was the apartment in Vienna where Freud and his family lived for more than forty years, and the second is the house in London where the Freud's settled after fleeing Nazi-occupied Vienna in 1938. The first is full largely of memories, and the second contains all the material possessions – the iconic couch, the antiquities, the library – brought by the Freuds on their flight to London. Both houses are now open to the public and attract thousands of visitors a year.

The two Directors discuss their museums’ unusual situation as ‘two sides of the same coin’, and the challenges they face. How can the story of Sigmund Freud, his life, writings, and the ideas of psychoanalysis be best told in a Museum setting? How is an individual story told in the context of wider cultural or political events, such as the rise of Nazism? How can the complex nature of psychoanalysis be explored in a museum setting? What is the role of art or education in these museums? How do the two physical spaces relate to each other, and what should the relation be between the two houses in London and Vienna?

In this wide-ranging discussion, the Directors will outline their own visions for the two Museums, the relationship between London and Vienna, and their exciting plans for redeveloping both houses to represent Sigmund Freud for the twenty-first century.


£10/£7 concessions


Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
Greater London




020 7435 2002


020 7431 5452

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