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
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.
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.
- Family friendly
Free with museum admission.
Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
020 7435 2002
020 7431 5452