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: £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


  • 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.
A sculpture of the artist's mother

This Breathing House, Bharti Kher

  • 30 September — 20 November 2016 *on now

Bharti Kher’s inquiry in the realm of the domestic and its dramas finds its perfect counterpart in the Freud Museum London. Equally exploring Freud’s family life as well as his theories, Kher’s new exhibition is a dialogue with the house. Vivid and full of history, the artist calls into being the voices that echo through the house and refers to Maresfield Gardens as an organism, a “breathing entity“. Kher overlays, subverts, conserves and erases memories – of herself and of her own life, of her family and of the people who lived here. She adds traces to the house of conversations past and present that also engage with Freud’s references to the mind as a complex energy system. Kher extends the conversation to include the body.


Free with admission


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.

Introducing Freud at the Freud Museum

  • 22 September — 8 December 2016 *on now

Tutor: Keith Barrett BA PhD

As Freud is so frequently referred to it is natural to assume that we already know everything about him, but the superficial manner in which his ideas are normally discussed – often intended to justify dismissing psychoanalysis out of hand – conceals the fact that his thinking is little understood, despite the controversy that has raged around his ideas since they first became internationally known. This course will offer the opportunity to engage directly with Freud’s writings, clarifying the meaning of his most important concepts and theories, as well as his views on the practice of psychoanalysis. We will place Freud accurately in his historical context – as well as bringing into focus the relevance of his work to debates that are taking place now. The course will be accessible to beginners but will also stimulate those who already have some knowledge of Freud and psychoanalysis. Each session will be based around selected passages from Freud’s writings (all the readings are taken from ‘The Freud Reader’ edited by Peter Gay).

Week 1: Introduction: The nature and status of psychoanalysis: perspectives and debates. (p3 – 17 & p783 – 796)

Week 2: Hysteria (1): What is (or was) ‘hysteria’? A ‘female malady’? The case of ‘Anna O’: dissociation, hypnosis and the ‘cathartic method’. Freud’s early practice as a psychotherapist. (p60 – 78)

Week 3: Hysteria (2): Symptoms and ‘defence’: from hypnosis to ‘free association’. From the ‘Lucy R’ case to the ‘seduction theory’. The reasons for Freud’s abandonment of the ‘seduction theory’ (p78 – 86 & p96 – 113)

Week 4: Dreams (1): The meaning of dreams and how Freud learned to interpret them. The dream of ‘Irma’s Injection’. Freud’s theory of dreams. (p129 – 172)

Week 5: Dreams (2): Freud’s use of his own dreams in his ‘self-analysis’. His reconstruction of his own early childhood. The limitations of self- analysis. The role of dreams in psychodynamic psychotherapy. (p111-126)

Week 6: Sexuality (1): The meaning of ‘Infantile sexuality’. Freud’s ‘stages’ of psychosexual development. The Oedipus complex. Freud on the sexual abuse of children. (p 239 – 293)

Week 7: Sexuality (2): Sexuality in adulthood. Perversion, heterosexuality and homosexuality. Freud’s view of ‘love’. His later theory of the neuroses. The nature and functions of human sexuality. (p387 – 400 & p443 – 481)

Week 8: The Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: The ‘Dora’ case and the importance of ‘transference’. Freud’s ‘Papers on Technique’. (p172 – 239 & p356 – 387)

Week 9: Narcissism and the Death instinct. (p545 – 562 & p601 – 617)

Week 10: Mourning and the structure of the psyche. (p584 – 589 & 626 – 645)

Week 11: Freud’s later views on the difference between the sexes. (p670 – 678)

Week 12: Society and human happiness. (p 722 – 772)


Phillips, A. ‘Becoming Freud: the making of a psychoanalyst’ (Yale U.P. 2014)

Thurschwell, P. ‘Sigmund Freud ( 2nd edition)’ (Routledge 2009)

Frosh, S. ‘A brief introduction to psychoanalytic theory' (Palgrave Macmillan 2012)

Zaretsky, E. ‘Secrets of the soul: a social and cultural history of psychoanalysis’ (Knopf 2004)

Breger, L. ‘Freud: Darkness in the midst of vision’ (Wiley 2000)

Micale, M. ‘Hysterical men: the hidden history of male nervous illness’ (Harvard U. P. 2008)

Rabate, J-M. ‘Literature and Psychoanalysis’ (Cambridge U.P. 2014)

Appignanesi, L. ‘Freud’s Women’ (Penguin 1997) & Forrester

J Grosz, S. ‘The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves’. (Vintage 2014)

Minsky, R. ‘Psychoanalysis and gender: an introductory reader’ (Routledge, 1996)

Bergman, M.,‘The anatomy of loving: The story of man’s quest to know what love is’ (Columbia U. P. 1987)

Malan, D. ‘Individual psychotherapy and the science of psychodynamics’ (Butterworths 1995)


Full price £180

Friend of the Freud Museum £155 - join today and receive 15 months membership for the price of 12 when you pay by annual Direct Debit.

Student/concession £120

Freud and the Ancient World

  • 17 — 31 October 2016 *on now

Everyone has heard of the Oedipus complex. Freud's ideas have left a profound impression on the modern cultural imagination. But where did Freud's Oedipus come from? And how did he come up with the phallic mother? How did Freud invent a new way of reading literature and art? And what intellectual history made Freud's psychoanalysis of religion and civilisation possible? Just as Freud exhorted us to search out the origins of our desires and identities - to become a modern Oedipus - so this series of public lectures excavates the origins of Freud's ideas. We will learn that there would have been no psychoanalysis without Freud's obsession with the ancient world.


£48/£39 concessions


Film still showing figure in the distance

Sigmund's Shorts: In the Flesh (2016)

  • 13 November 2016 2-2:30pm

‘In The Flesh' (2016) is a 5-min artist film by Adeline de Monseignat inspired by Alison Leitch's text 'Visualizing the Mountain' (2007) about the marble quarry as being 'alive', 'weeping at night' and having a 'soul'. In this mother-to-daughter relationship, the artist plays the role of The Sculpture, of marble skin and human flesh, becoming increasingly more alive, discovering the malleability of her own body, a creature that yearns to reconnect with her roots and crawl back into her mother's womb, the quarry. By bringing to light the quarry’s ability to ‘live’, the film also exposes its potential to ‘die’.


Free with admission - no need to book.


Freud and Culture book cover

Author's Talk: Freud and Culture, Eric Smadja

  • 16 November 2016 7-8:30pm

In Freud and Culture, we explore the representations of society and culture that Freud developed in the course of his work and we shall distinguish two periods. Distinct from contemporary sociological and anthropological conceptions, they led to his construction of a personal socio-anthropology that was virulently criticised by the social sciences. But what exactly is meant here by “culture” and “society”? Do we mean Freud’s own Viennese society or Western “civilised” society in general? In addition, Freud was interested in historical and “primitive” societies from the evolutionist perspective of the British anthropologists of his time. Our work considers the interrelationship between these different societies and cultures, and raises many questions. What constitutes a culture? What are its essential traits, its functions, its relationships with society, for example. Moreover, we present the Freudian central notion of Kulturarbeit, which is constructed from a strictly Freudian perspective.


£12/£8 concessions



Psychoanalysis after Freud

  • 19 January — 6 April 2017

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.)


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


Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
Greater London




020 7435 2002


020 7431 5452

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