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.

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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.
Image from The Sessions by Bettina von Zwehl, 2016

Bettina von Zwehl 'Invitation to Frequent the Shadows'

  • 3 June — 17 July 2016

Invitation to Frequent the Shadows is a new exhibition by Bettina von Zwehl responding to the archive of Anna Freud. The work quietly infiltrates the stairwell, study and upstairs rooms of the Museum with the delicate small silhouettes of a young girl, shadowy portraits of women and an immersive light installation.

Von Zwehl is the first artist to respond directly to the archive of Anna Freud and Invitation to Frequent the Shadows evolved from a residency undertaken by the artist at the Museum from 2013 to 2014. The exhibition is also an homage to the artist’s closest friend, Natalie Ciletti, a child psychoanalyst who died tragically in 2009.

The exhibition is curated by Clare Grafik.

Bettina von Zwehl lives and works in London, and is best known for her subtle, distinctive photographic portraits. Her work has featured in many exhibitions including at the National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum in London and galleries and museums in Europe and the USA.


Free with admission - no need to book.


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.
Filming the body in Crisis book cover

Filming the Body in Crisis: Trauma, Healing and Hopefulness

  • 1 June 2016 7-8:30pm

Filming the Body in Crisis examines the representation of the body and the ethical, psychological and embodied implications of viewing bodies on screen across a range of moving image media and mainstream films. The book draws on the work of Melanie Klein and Sigmund Freud, and is focused on notions of object relations and embodied film spectatorship, looking at a range of contemporary films including The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick), A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg), Psychiatry and Broadmoor in the work of Pat McGrath, Hunger (Steve McQueen), Blue (Derek Jarman) and the films of Atom Egoyan.


£10/£7 concesions



Lament: Bettina von Zwehl in conversation with Josh Cohen

  • 7 June 2016 7-9pm

Lament is a new publication by Art/Books, which features two series of images by artist Bettina von Zwehl with new writing by psychoanalyst Josh Cohen. Cohen’s two texts are interwoven amongst the images, one a critical reflection on light and shadow, the other a poetic tale inspired by the torn photographs.

Bettina von Zwehl lives and works in London. She has an MA Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art and BA (Hons) Photography from the London College of Printing. Recent solo exhibitions include Album 31, (with Sophy Rickett), 2015, Fotogaleriet, Oslo, Norway, touring to The Library of Birmingham, UK; Purdy Hicks, London (2014 and 2011); Road to 2012, Setting Out, commissioned by National Portrait Gallery, London, 2010; and The Photographers’ Gallery, 2005. Group exhibitions include Facing Histories, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2015; Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present, National Gallery, London and touring to Fundacio La Caixa, Madrid, Spain, 2012 and In Repose, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia El Cuerpo (con) sentido: una (re)presentación visual, Centro de Historia, Zaragosa, 2008. Her work is held in many collections including Arts Council, London; British Council, London; Sammlung Spallart, Salzburg, Austria; Guggenheim, New York and Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Josh Cohen is a practising psychoanalyst and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Private Life: Why We Remain in the Dark (2013), which won the BMA Board of Science Chair’s Choice Award for 2014 and was longlisted for the JQ/Wingate Literary Award, How to Read Freud (2005), Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, Philosophy (2003) and Spectacular Allegories: Postmodern American Writing and the Politics of Seeing (1998). He writes regularly for the TLS, Guardian, Prospect and New Statesman and is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society.


£10/£7 concessions and Friends of the Freud Museum



Sigmund's Shorts: Bleedings

  • 12 June 2016 2-3:30pm

Join us for screenings and live poetry readings followed by a panel discussion with Poet and Writer, Gabriele Tinti, Artist, Franko B and Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, Lynda Nead.

In this series of screenings/readings Gabriele Tinti and FrankoB present the combat sport of boxing as a fine art. The artists explore the sense of catharsis that the spectator experiences whilst witnessing the acts of controlled violence and convey its complex, deep and existential impact. Their words transport the audience into the boxing world - depicted as a place to escape into, to transform and become part of the illusion in which you can lose your dreams, your identity and all sense of certainty.

Gabriele Tinti is an Italian poet and writer. He has published "New York Shots" (Allemandi&C. 2011), "The way of the cross" (Allemandi&C. 2012), "All over" (Mimesis Publishing, 2013) and "Last Words" (Skira Rizzoli, 2015). His books of poetry are in the collections of major international poetry centers, such as Poets House of NYC, the Poetry Center of Tucson, AZ, The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, The Poetry Collection, Buffalo and the Poetry Library of the South Bank Centre in London. He has composed poems for ancient works of art like the ‘Boxer at Rest’ at the Museo Nazionale Romano, the ‘Galatian Suicide’ at the Palazzo Altemps, the ‘Victorious Youth’ at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the ‘Heracles’ at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, at the Metropolitan in New York and at the LACMA in Los Angeles.

Franko B is an Italian performance artist based in London. Since 2009 he teaches sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata in Italy, and has lectured extensively at a number of art schools, including Saint Martin's School of Art; New York University; the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford; Chelsea College of Art, London; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee; DasArts, Amsterdam; Goldsmiths' College of Art, London; Zurich University of the Arts; and the Courtauld Institute of Art. . He has worked with many institutions across the world including the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, ICA, and many more.

Lynda Nead is the Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London. Her books include The Haunted Gallery: Painting, Photography, Film c.1900 (2008); Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London (2000) and Myths of Sexuality: Representations of Women in Victorian Britain (1988). She has just completed a book called The Tiger in the Smoke: Visual Culture 1945-60, which will be published by Yale University Press. She is a regular contributor to BBC radio (Nightwaves, Front Row, Saturday Review) and to television documentaries (most recently, La Traviata broadcast on BBC2 in2015.) Lynda has also published on the visual cultures of boxing and on boxing photography and is a qualified Amateur Boxing Association of England coach.


Free with admission – no need to book


Art and the Home

The Unheimlich and Consciousness in Art

  • 14 June 2016 6:30-8pm

Building on research from my recent book Art and the Home: Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday, this talk will consider how post-war sculptors have addressed ideas of the domestic uncanny. In order for these works to have resonance viewers needs to empathetically engage, and allow for a blurring between consciousness and the material world. They project onto the objects and installations their own understanding of reality.

Freud wrote about how relationships with the world and society are veiled by customs and accepted ideas of normality. His essay ‘The Uncanny’ discussed how feelings of dread and unease could be conjured and felt. This was influential with surrealist artists, but what will be discussed here are artists working later, but who show influence of those ideas, including Louise Bourgeois, Mona Hatoum and Gregor Schneider.

Dr Imogen Racz is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at Coventry University. She has published two books and written many articles. Her recent book Art and the Home; Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday, (I. B. Tauris 2015) is a thematic investigation into how post-war artists interpreted the abstract concepts that we have about the home, including enclosure, alienation, sentiment, female space, and the unmade house. Her current research has been focusing on the sculptor and photographer Helen Chadwick, placing her work of the 1980s into its artistic, theoretical and social contexts. This forms part of a larger, ongoing exploration of 1980s sculptural practices in Britain, especially that of women artists.


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



The Klein-Lacan Dialogues: A Round Table Discussion

  • 17 June 2016 6-9pm

The series of events which constituted ‘The Klein-Lacan Dialogues’ were a unique attempt to bring together psychoanalytic practitioners from different schools to engage with each other’s ideas in a serious way. The second book in the series has just been published. Chair of the Freud Museum, Dany Nobus, says:

This new collection of Klein-Lacan dialogues succeeds wonderfully in making rigid theoretical and clinical boundaries more permeable, not with a view to re-unifying two major strands of thought in contemporary psychoanalysis, but in an attempt to show how Klein was to some extent always already a proto-Lacanian, how Lacan borrowed more from Klein than he and his followers have been prepared to admit, and how both were essentially driven by the same clinical concerns.

The event will be in the form of a panel discussion between some of the distinguished contributors to the original debates and the subsequent book, to be followed by a drinks reception and launch at the Freud Museum.

Panel Speakers
Julia Borossa PhD, Director and leader of Postgraduate programmes Middlesex University Centre fpr Psychoanalytic Studies.

Ronald Britton MD former President of British Psychoanalytic Society.

Bernard Burgoyne PhD Emeritus Professor, founder and Director of Middlesex University Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies.

Claire Pajaczkowska PhD Senior Research Tutor, Royal College of Art.

Catalina Bronstein MD Visiting professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London.
Fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society

7-30pm - 9pm

Reception to launch The New Klein-Lacan Dialogues
Julia Borossa, Catalina Bronstein and Claire Pajaczkowska (eds.)
Karnac Books, London, 2015


Tickets: £10 / £7 concessions or Friends of the Museum, includes reception



Freud, Sexuality and Antiquity

  • 22 June 2016 6:30-9pm

Freud's turn to Greek myth is very well known. His Oedipus emerges out of a long history of nineteenth-century obsessions with ancient Greece. But Freud's psychoanalysis of Greek myth was also a response to the nineteenth-century sexological fascination with the sexual decadence of ancient Rome. This talk explores the intriguing story of how the obscene and erotic verse of Roman epigram became an authoritative language for nineteenth-century sexual science, in order to ask, how and why did Freud's interest in Greek myth emerge out of the obscene sexual Latin of Richard von Krafft-Ebing's 1886 book "Psychopathia Sexualis", the most famous work of sexology in the nineteenth century?

Sex: Antiquity and it Legacy is published by I.B.Tauris (February, 2013). Available from the Museum shop through our Order & Collect service: order a copy now and collect it at the event!

Dr Daniel Orrells is Lecturer in Ancient Greek Language and Literature at King's College London. His research examines the presence of classical antiquity in modern cultural, literary and intellectual history. His most recent book 'Sex: Antiquity and its Legacy' offers a fresh, new narrative about the importance of the ancient world for the development of sexology and psychoanalysis.


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



Furniture Moves Memory: The Journeys of Anna Freud's Alpine Furniture

  • 29 June 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Anna Freud bought this rustic furniture in 1930 and used it to furnish the country house in the Vienna Woods which she shared with Dorothy Burlingham. When the Freuds fled Vienna in 1938 Dorothy Burlingham sent the furniture to the US. After the war this furniture returned to Europe, to the new summer house that Anna and Dorothy had bought in Walberswick on the east coast of England, and from there back to London, to Maresfield Gardens.

This year this much travelled furniture has formed the starting point for an exhibition at the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art in Vienna, recreated through digital photography in the museum’s permanent display of similar pieces. These images transfer Anna Freud’s furniture back to Vienna, playing with ideas of remembering, place and time. The displays connect the Vienna of then and now with the London of yesterday and today, bringing the present together with the past.

Tonight’s talk adds another layer to this complex story, bringing the exhibit from Vienna – the recreation of Anna Freud’s furniture – back to London, and reunites the recreated versions with the originals.

The exhibition curator Birgit Johler explores the story of the furniture in Freud’s Dining Room and how she created this extraordinary and innovative exhibition.

She will be joined in the discussion by:

Anne-Marie Sandler, psychoanalyst, Director of the Anna Freud Centre from 1993 -1996, friend and colleague of Anna Freud
Bettina von Zwehl, Artist in residence, Anna Freud project 2013-14, and exhibiting at the Freud Museum June-July 2016
Carol Seigel, Director, Freud Museum London

Also: Exhibition Tour by Birgit Johler - Wednesdays 29 June 2pm, free with museum admission.


Ticket Price £10/£7 concessions/Friends of the Freud Museum



International Day Conference: Wagner's Parsifal and the Challenge to Psychoanalysis

  • 3 July 2016 9:30am-5pm

In our conference 'Wagner, Freud and the End of Myth' (2013) we argued that by taking the mythic dimension and bringing it into the human realm, Wagner anticipated Freud in his depiction of unconscious processes of the mind. It could be said that Freud and Wagner were dealing with the same stuff - the “fundamental psychosexual issues that affect us all” as Barry Millington put it, and for that reason a fruitful dialogue can exist between their two bodies of work.

The present conference is entirely devoted to Wagner’s final masterpiece, Parsifal, and explores whether this sublime, troubling and contentious work prefigures psychoanalytic insight or resists psychoanalytic interpretation. As a story of compassion and redemption, which nevertheless describes a world of perversion and mental anguish, what can Parsifal tell us about the secret springs of human desire and the conflicts of human nature? And how did Wagner manage to create it?


Full Price: £64
Students/Concessions: £48
£6 Reduction for Members of the Freud Museum.


Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
Greater London




020 7435 2002


020 7431 5452

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