Freud Museum London

Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
Greater London




020 7435 2002


020 7431 5452

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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, Archive, Gallery, Historic house or home

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


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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.
Eros, Terracotta, Myrina, Asia Minor, about 330 BC, Possible 19th century copy. Museum number 3898

Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing

  • 22 October 2014 — 8 March 2015 *on now

A new exhibition, 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing', explores Sigmund Freud's revolutionary ideas on love and the libidinal drive with an innovative combination of Freud's own art collection, his writings and letters, together with the response of contemporary artists.

Love remains an ever intriguing and complex emotion. To examine Freud's theories on this topic, key works in his collection will be displayed, including statues of Eros, and other erotic and related deities and objects. Freud's antiquities are usually arranged in his study at the Freud Museum. This exhibition, situated in the upstairs gallery, will give visitors the opportunity to view more closely and in detail these rare and beautiful works.

Freud's theories on Eros, the love force and libido of psychoanalysis, also provide the context for an investigation of Sigmund Freud's personal experiences. Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing' traces his passionate courtship of his future wife Martha Bernays. The couple exchanged literally hundreds of letters during their four year engagement. A selection of their letters reveals a relationship that was both ardent and intellectual. Memorabilia, including family photographs, supplement this intimate aspect of Freud's life.

Eros, the Greek god of love, the winged messenger of desire, is well represented in Freud's stunning collection of around two and a half thousand antiquities. Freud explored the meaning of Eros in his writings, and the exhibition draws out the profound connections between classical Greek culture, the works collected by Freud and the development of psychoanalysis. To Freud, Eros could spark the civilizing force of love that resulted in fulfilling relationships as well as unleashing turbulent, unbridled and destructive emotions.

The complex ideas raised by psychoanalysis are also examined through the eyes of highly regarded contemporary artists. Works include a newly commissioned sculpture by Jodie Carey, plus contributions by Edmund de Waal, Rachel Kneebone and Hannah Collins. These works not only contextualise Freud's collection but also provide and fresh and insightful ways to consider love, lust and longing.


£7/£5/£4/under 12's free


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Freud Museum London

PROJECTIONS: Beyond Love And Death On The Silver Screen

  • 27 October — 1 December 2014 *on now

27 October 2014 - 1 December 2014
Mondays 7-9pm

PROJECTIONS: Beyond Love And Death On The Silver Screen
Six week evening course

Eros, the Ancient Greek word for romantic love, is a key concept in psychoanalytic theory. Influenced by Plato’s Symposium, where love leads to contemplation of the divine, Sigmund Freud named Eros as the life instinct: the expression of sexuality, evolutionary survival and social productivity. Early on, Freud defined erotic impulses as being opposed by the Ego, but later, in the 1920 book Beyond The Pleasure Principle, he placed Eros in contrast to violent death drives and the desire to return to an inorganic state (i.e., Thanatos).

The simultaneously binding and clashing forces of Eros and Thanatos together form an entwined dual system that is the source of all creation. ‘PROJECTIONS: Beyond Love And Death On The Silver Screen’ is a 6-week course exploring representations of the struggle between love and death in the human psyche, tracing the progression of this complex relationship in moving image, from innocent beginnings to suppressed sensual urges, via turbulent, addictive and fatal manifestations of romance, culminating in a passionate embrace with Plato’s ultimate vision of a higher love.

In terms of theoretical constructs, we will examine Freud’s writings on repression, projection, transference, libido, psychosexual development, oedipal attachment, obsessional neurosis, ego identification and the paradox of civilization, with a special focus on cinema as a special way of ‘remembering’ forgotten elements of love by confronting and reorganising the trauma of loss.

We will consider the following topics and movies in the course – advance viewing of feature films is optional, short scenes and video montages will be screened during weekly sessions:

Week 1 – FORMATIVE ENCOUNTERS: ROMANTIC RITES OF PASSAGE Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Twilight, Heartbeats, Breathless, Romeo and Juliet, Harold And Maude

Week 2 – NEUROTICA: OBSESSIONAL AVOIDANCE OF LOVE The Birds, Manhattan, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Faces, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Eyes Wide Shut

Week 3 – LUST, PERVERSIONS AND TUMULTUOUS ENTANGLEMENTS Henry And June, 9 Songs, Betty Blue, Sex Lies and Videotape, Last Tango In Paris, Salò: 120 Days of Sodom

Week 4 – LOVE IS A DRUG: ADDICTION AND SELF-OBLIVION Candy, Leaving Las Vegas, Shame, Pulp Fiction, 9 ½ Weeks, I Am A Sex Addict

Week 5 – KILLER INSTINCT OF UNREQUITED LOVE Hunger, Lost Highway, Double Indemnity, Revolutionary Road, Baise-Moi, The Crow

Week 6 – HAPPY ENDINGS: EVERLASTING EROS La Belle et la Bête, Les Amants du Pont Neuf, Sleeping Beauty, Brief Encounter, City Lights, Amour

PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary – the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.


£85 Adults
£60 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum


Freud Museum London

Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein

  • 24 November 2014 7-9pm

Sex Versus Survival: The Life and Ideas of Sabina Spielrein
Author's Talk: John Launer

24 November 2014
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

Who was Sabina Spielrein? Her dramatic life story is most famous for her notorious affair with Carl Jung, dramatised in the film A Dangerous Method starring Keira Knightley. Yet she was a woman who overcame family and psychiatric abuse to become an original thinker in the field of sexual psychotherapy.

Drawing on thorough and novel research into Spielrein’s diaries, professional papers and correspondence, Sex Versus Survival is the first biography to put her life and ideas at the centre of the story. John Launer examines Spielrein’s tumultuous affair with Jung and its influence on both of their lives and intellectual journeys, and her key role in the rift between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, and in the development of psychoanalysis.

A Russian Jew, who lost her life in the Holocaust in 1942, Spielrein’s innovative theories have chiefly been suppressed because of her gender. Sex Versus Survival is a significant stage in the rediscovery of the life and ideas of an extraordinary woman and an acknowledgment of her prominent role in the history of sexual psychology.


£10 Adults
£7 Concessions/Member of the Freud Museum


Freud Museum London

Performance Art: Love, Lust and Longing

  • 27 November 2014 6:30-8:45pm

27 November 2014

Performance Art: Love, Lust and Longing

S.A.G, Katherine Nolan, Quilla Constance and Terese Longva

Join us for an evening of performance art inspired by the exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing'.

Single Activity Group (S.A.G) (International)

The SAG is a collective of like-minded artists who make performances together on a specific premise. Each of the artists devises their own single, work-orientated activity to repeat alongside each other for one hour in a static position.

Jack Catling, Daniella Valz Gen, Jenna Finch, Jordan McKenzie, Kate Mahony, Simon Raven, Holly Slingsby, Lili Spain and Aaron Williamson.

The SAG’s performances reference the economic/historical phenomenon of labour-exploitation filtered through an evergreen, aesthetically acclaimed artistic trope - of minimalist-conceptual performance art redolent of the 1950s -70s. Typically, the SAG’s work is repetitive and mind numbing. The duration of one hour suggests the pay-system of repetitive labour.The ambition is to evoke, through artist’s performances, an image of a factory of operatives that doesn’t make any productive sense. To reflect the work theme, a SAG performance is un/paid by the hour.

Katherine Nolan (Ireland)

Dr. Katherine Nolan is a performance artist and lecturer at UAL, London. She is performance curator at MART, Irish Arts organization. Her practice is currently concerned with states of inhabiting the body and processes of becoming, with a particular focus on tensions between the lived and the spectacular body. The work seeks to subvert normative codifications of the body and human experience through strategies of pleasure, resistance and disruption. She has performed and exhibited internationally in Europe, America and Asia. Recent works include Supersatured at Mobius, Boston and Panoply Performance Lab, New York (2013); Peep Hole at Performing Porn, Performance Space, London (2013); Surface Attention in Stattbad, Berlin, Space, Bratislava and Molesworth Gallery, Dublin (2010). Recent curatorial practice includes What is the Body For? for Dublin Live Art Festival (2014), and the Non-Zero Sum Art Games for MART at Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon (2013).

Quilla Constance (UK)

Jennifer Allen (as Quilla Constance) will give a lecture on Freud's notion of the Oedipus Complex with reference to texts by Darian Leader, Judith Butler, Karen Horney and Natasha Walter. The event will also screen QC's spoof pop video 'VJAZZLED' and Allen's 2006 video piece 'Happy Christmas Mom and Dad' which sees Allen allegedly perform a seductive dance as a gift for her parents on Christmas day.

Terese Longva (Norway) is an interdisciplinary artist that looks at different aspects of the human condition such as: how we construct different selves in reaction to varied expectations of society and how we constantly struggle to learn our social roles and at the same time break out of them to discover the new that is constantly becoming in and around us. She explores what comes from the things you do not talk about, the unspeakable, and how is the unspeakable present in us and in society.

Her work has been shown in various venues such as; Between Sky & Sea, Bergen International Performance Festival, PAO Festival in Oslo, Moere & Romsdal Kunstsenter in Molde, The Festival of Ephemeral Art in Sokolowsko, Poland, Orangerie Theater im Volksgarten in Cologne, Germany, and in the US: Big Orbit in Buffalo, NY, NOoSPERE Arts, Microscope Gallery, and Grace Exhibition Space all in NYC.


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


Freud Museum London

Mildly Erotic Verse

  • 2 December 2014 7-9pm

Mildly Erotic Verse
Freud and Eros Late Opening - Poetry and Discussion

2 December 2014
7pm (doors open at 6pm)

Join the Emma Press for an evening of poetry inspired by The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse. Three poets will read poems which celebrate human sexuality in all its messy, sexy glory and explore the eccentricity and diversity of eroticism, followed by a discussion about eroticism in poetry. The event will be hosted by publisher Emma Wright and the poets will be available to sign books afterwards.

This late opening event is part of a wide ranging and imaginative public programme of events, talks, films and performances accompanying the exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing' - 22 October 2014 - 22 February 2015.


£7 Adults
£4 Concessions/Member of the Freud Museum


Freud Museum London UK

Being Good: Aichhorn and Anna

  • 9 December 2014 7-8:30pm

9 December 2014
7 - 8.30 pm

Being Good: Aichhorn and Anna

Performance: Gerald Davidson with Helen Clapp.

To celebrate Anna Freud 's birthday and the recently renovated Anna Freud Room, actor and researcher Gerald Davidson revisits his presentation first performed at the Anna Freud Centre in 2009. Helen Clapp returns as Anna Freud.

Easter 1948, Lausanne: Reunited for the first time since 1938, Anna Freud and August Aichhorn reminisce.

'Aichhorn 's death is a kind of full stop at the end of a great chapter in psychoanalysis...' Anna Freud,November 1949.


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