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


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.
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Contemporary Art and the Freud Museum

  • 23 October 2014 From 2pm

Contemporary Art and the Freud Museum
Dr Joanne Morra - part of Inside Out Festival 2014

23 October 2014

The Freud Museum London is internationally recognized as one of the most important sites for the history of psychoanalysis. Perhaps less well-known is the fact that over the past 25 years it has hosted over 70 contemporary art exhibitions by celebrated artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Matt Collishaw, Vera Frenkel and Sarah Lucas.

What is the purpose of these exhibitions? How do these artistic interventions animate the Museum? What can they tell us about psychoanalysis and contemporary art? Looking at selected previous exhibitions, as well as the forthcoming ‘Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing’, this talk will address these questions and others.

Dr Joanne Morra is Reader in Art History and Theory at Central Saint Martins and a Founding Principal Editor of Journal of Visual Culture. Joanne has published widely on modern and contemporary art, critical theory and psychoanalytic theory and practice. Recently she curated the exhibition Saying It, with work by Mieke Bal & Michelle Williams Gamaker, and Renate Ferro at the Freud Museum, London (2012). Joanne is presently completing the book Inside the Freud Museums: Art, Curating and Site-Responsivity (I.B. Tauris, 2015).

This lecture is part of Inside Out Festival 2014 and one of a wide ranging and imaginative public programme of events, talks, films and performances which accompanies the exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing', 22 October - 22 February 2015.


Free with admission:
Adults: £7, Senior Citizens: £5, Concessions: £4 (Students with valid ID cards, children aged 12-16, UK unemployed persons - with proof, disabled persons).


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PROJECTIONS: Beyond Love And Death On The Silver Screen

  • 27 October — 1 December 2014

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


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

Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing - Curator's Talk

  • 28 October 2014 7-8:30pm

The god of love is one of the best represented deities in Freud's impressive collection of antiquities. Join Dr Burke, the exhibition's curator, as she discusses the profound connections between classical Greek culture, the artworks collected by Freud and the development of psychoanalysis. Freud understood the god well: Eros could spark the civilizing force of love that resulted in fulfilling relationships as well as unleashing turbulent, unbridled and destructive emotions. Dr Burke will also draw on Freud's personal experience of Eros in his passionate courtship of his future wife Martha Bernays.

Dr Burke is the author of The Gods of Freud: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection (2006). She is Adjunct Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, Melbourne.

Doors open at 6:30pm, the talk will begin promptly at 7pm




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Animal Madness: How anxious dogs, compulsive parrots, and elephants in recovery help us to understand ourselves

  • 29 October 2014 7-9pm

29 October 2014

Animal Madness: How anxious dogs, compulsive parrots, and elephants in recovery help us to understand ourselves
Author's Talk: Laurel Braitman

Charles Darwin developed his evolutionary theories by looking at physical differences in Galapagos finches and fancy pigeons. Alfred Russell Wallace investigated a range of creatures in the Malay Archipelago. Laurel Braitman got her lessons closer to home—by watching her dog. Oliver snapped at flies that only he could see, ate Ziploc bags, towels, and cartons of eggs. He suffered debilitating separation anxiety, was prone to aggression, and may even have attempted suicide. Her experience with Oliver forced Laurel to acknowledge a form of continuity between humans and other animals that, first as a biology major and later as a PhD student at MIT, she’d never been taught in school. Nonhuman animals can lose their minds. And when they do, it often looks a lot like human mental illness.

‘A gem ... that can teach us much about the wildness of our own minds’ — Psychology Today

‘A lovely, big-hearted book’ — The New York Times

LAUREL BRAITMAN has written about science, animals and other topics for Cabinet, Orion, The New Inquiry and other publications. She received her PhD in history and anthropology of science from MIT and is an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a TED fellow. She lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California.


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


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The Modernist Offence: Egon Schiele and the Naked Female Body

  • 11 November 2014 7-8:30pm

Art historian Gemma Blackshaw, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth, will discuss Egon Schiele's drawings of the naked female body in the context of pornography in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century. Focusing on an 'obscene' portfolio of prints from drawings by Schiele implicated in the 1923 arrest of one of his dealers, Gemma will look at the incriminating relationships between drawing and photography, art and pornography that defined the young artist's modernist practice.

Gemma has contributed to the catalogue accompanying the forthcoming exhibition Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude at The Courtauld Gallery (23 Oct 2014 – 18 January 2015); her talk will be based on this research and will include illustrations of the images on display.

Doors open at 6:30pm, the talk will begin promptly at 7pm.




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  • 15 November 2014 9:30am-5pm

15 November 2014
9.30 - 5.00pm

Day Conference at The Anna Freud Centre

We all experience the impulse to be prejudiced as one of the inevitable consequences of developing a 'sense of self'. Forged within primary relationships, our sense of ‘who we are’ is always emotionally loaded and involves ambivalent relationships with 'others'.

The resurgence of malignant forms of prejudice in which hate and hostility are directed towards specific groups, reality distorted and sadism justified, brings a new sense of urgency to understand the universal propensity. This conference addresses contemporary manifestations of various forms of prejudice with perspectives on their unconscious dynamics.


£60 Full Price
£45 Students and concessions
(£5 reduction for members of the Freud Museum)


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Isabel's Piano

  • 19 November 2014 7-9pm

Isabel's Piano
Screening and dicussion with Nicola Stephanie and Mary Wild

19 November 2014
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

A new film by Nicola Stephanie (British, born 1981), Isabel’s Piano (60 minutes) is a portrait of the artist’s uncle Steven. Furthering Stephanie’s exploration of body and space in relation to the camera, the film makes a quiet departure from conventional cinematic looking; its visual language emerges from a family relationship, rather than detached observation.

Sited in and around Steven’s house, the film maps a passage of two years. During this time he is involved in the restoration of an antique grand piano inherited from his grandmother, Isabel. The instrument, taken apart into thousands of pieces, becomes the material and psychological landscape that Steven inhabits. The film accompanies him as he attempts to cope with the extraordinary complexity of the piano, originally made by perhaps a hundred factory workers in 1895.

Isabel's Piano is a study of this self-reliant individuality, which exposes emotion and economics as influences on both Stephanie and Steven's choice of production methods. Stephanie takes a family member as a ready subject, as many artists have done in the past. Yet the film is unusual in its acceptance of the camera as a physical agent in the act of portraiture – the cinematography is haptic in its methods. Steven’s inventive experiments on the piano dictate the action, yet we experience his process entirely through Stephanie’s explorations - sometimes seeing her hands as they reach around to touch.


£7 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum


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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


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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