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.
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' 12 week evening class

  • 24 September — 10 December 2015 *on now

Dive into the unconscious this Autumn, in the unique setting of Freud's final home.

The first session will introduce the course and address the most important questions about the nature and status of psychoanalysis and Freud's standing at the present time. In the remaining 11 sessions we will work our way through Freud's writings - each lecture will be based on a short reading from Freud - and all the readings will be taken from: 'THE FREUD READER' edited by Peter Gay (Vintage Books 1995), which will be explained in detail and critically discussed.

No prior knowledge will be assumed and you will be guided by an experienced tutor with many years' teaching experience.

Tutor: Keith Barrett BA PhD
Having received his PhD from the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, Dr Barrett specialises in both philosophy and psychoanalysis and has taught at several leading institutions, including Imperial College and Birkbeck College.

This course is the first of a three term introduction to psychoanalysis - although each term is self-contained and can be taken independently of the others.


£175, £145 Members of the Museum, £110 students/unwaged



Gavin Turk 'Wittgenstein's Dream' Exhibition

  • 26 November 2015 — 7 February 2016 *on now

In association with Ben Brown Fine Arts, curated by James Putnam.

‘We are asleep. Our life is like a dream. But in our better hours we wake up just enough to realise that we are dreaming.’ - Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Freud Museum is pleased to present Wittgenstein’s Dream, an exhibition of work by Gavin Turk and the latest in a critically acclaimed series curated by James Putnam. Turk’s installation and intervention in Freud’s former residence investigates the intriguing conceptual dialogue between two enlightened Viennese thinkers of the 20th century, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951).

In 1900 Freud famously published ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’, widely considered his most important work, which introduces his theory of the unconscious. Through the analysis of the philosopher’s own dreams, Freud maintained that dreams are the conscious expression of an unconscious fantasy or wish not accessible to the individual in waking life. However, the celebrated philosopher Wittgenstein claimed that Freud’s views on the interpretation of dreams were flawed, believing instead that they required a more logical approach.

In the hallowed and highly charged domain of Freud’s study Turk presents [ξ, N(ξ)]’(η) (= [η, ξ, N(ξ)]) (2015), a life-size waxwork sculpture of Wittgenstein contemplating an egg. The presence of this ghost-like figure highlights the continued tension between the theories of these two philosophical greats. Above Freud’s psychoanalytic couch hangs Parapraxis (2013), a dramatic large-scale photograph of billowing smoke in which Turk explores the human tendency to instinctively associate patterns and forms with something familiar, much in the same way as we do with dreams.

Above the fireplace in Freud’s library is a wooden framed version of Turk’s celebrated The Mechanical Turk (2006) video. This not only references Freud’s interest in the game of chess and its parallels with psychoanalysis, but also the artist’s ongoing fascination with illusionism and the issues of authorship, authenticity and identity.

In the dining room Turk displays The Metamorphosis of Narcissus (2011), a work highlighting the Narcissus myth which so inspired Freud.

As visitors climb the staircase, Turk’s three neon sculptures, Id, Ego and Super Ego (all 2015), emphasise and reiterate the three theoretical constructs that comprise Freud’s structural model of the human psyche. Freud’s paper from 1923, ‘The Ego and the Id’, outlines this theory and was of fundamental importance to the development of psychoanalysis.

In the Exhibition Room Turk has echoed Freud’s iconic desk and chair by installing his own version, Gavin Turk’s Desk (2002-2015). As an ironic contrast to Freud’s beloved antiquities, Turk has arranged his own personal collection of intriguing, talismanic objects and keepsakes that relate to his artistic practice.


Gavin Turk was born 1967 in Guildford, from 1989-91 he attended the Royal College of Art. For his MA exhibition show Cave, Turk notoriously presented a whitewashed studio space containing only a blue heritage plaque commemorating his presence. Though refused a degree, his subsequent infamy attracted the attention of Charles Saatchi and Turk became part of a loosely associated group known as the ‘Young British Artists’ (YBAs). He has continued to show worldwide and has work in many national museum collections (including Tate and MOMA). His work often deals with concerns of authority and identity and has taken up many forms including the painted bronze, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of litter.

Wittgenstein’s Dream is the latest in the critically acclaimed ongoing series of Freud Museum exhibitions curated by James Putnam that have included projects by Sophie Calle, Sarah Lucas, Ellen Gallagher, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Mat Collishaw and Miroslaw Balka.


Free with admission

Etching of Sigmund Freud at his desk by Max Pollak, 1914

Mentalisation and the Unconscious

  • 28 November 2015 9am-5pm

A conference to mark the end of the centenary year of Freud’s paper on The Unconscious, looking at the origins and development of Mentalisation theory and its role in contemporary psychoanalysis and theories of the unconscious, alpha function, attachment and attunement.


£70 / £55 students and concessions

(£5 discount for members of the Freud Museum and subscribers to the British Journal of Psychotherapy)


Hotel bookcover

'Woman and Home' Joanna Walsh in conversation with Deborah Levy

  • 8 December 2015 7-9:30pm

"There was a time in my life when I lived in hotels. Around this time, the time I did not spend in hotels was time I did not live. During this other time I haunted a marriage I was soon to leave. There’s no place like home and, as home seemed hardly to qualify as a place any more, I began to look for something elsewhere..." Joanna Walsh - Hotel

"Each new journey is a mourning for what has been left behind. The wanderer sometimes tries to recreate what has been left behind, in a new place. This always fails." Deborah Levy - Swallowing Geography

Can anyone, nowadays, live in a Hotel, a place where the heimlich of home meets the unheimlich of elsewhere? And, if they can't what's the alternative to this alternative to home? To mark the publication of her memoir, Hotel, join its author, Joanna Walsh, and Booker-shortlisted writer Deborah Levy, in Freud's last home to discuss belonging and exile, therapy, women and homes, as well as Freud's influence on their work. An excerpt from Hotel can be read at Granta Magazine.


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



'PROJECTIONS: Andrei Tarkovsky's metaphysical dream zone' Seven week evening course - in partnership with Cygnnet Publishing

  • 11 January — 22 February 2016

The new PROJECTIONS series by Mary Wild in partnership with Cygnnet Publishing, is a 7-week course dedicated to the exploration of Tarkovsky’s acclaimed filmography, providing a platform for interactive engagement with one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. Almost every Tarkovskian frame is hyper-significant and dense with meaning; so psychoanalysis will serve a vital function, facilitating a multitude of interpretations and searching for possibilities in “dream rooms” through which Tarkovsky moved with great ease. Memories, attachment, alienation, identity, nostalgia, conflict, transcendence and the uncanny are some of the concepts that will foster a deeper understanding of the Russian master’s uniquely captivating vision. Through a combination of group discussion and an appreciation of Tarkovsky’s theoretical perspective, we will attempt to reassess and become aware of our unconscious connection to these notoriously challenging works of art – a practice that is not dissimilar to the psychoanalytic tradition itself.

Full filmography (advance viewing is optional, select scenes will be shown during weekly sessions):

Week 1 – Ivan's Childhood (1962): an orphan boy’s experiences during World War II

Week 2 – Andrei Rublev (1966): the life, times and afflictions of 15th-century Russian icon painter

Week 3 – Solaris (1972): mysterious phenomena taking place aboard a space station orbiting a fictional planet

Week 4 – Mirror (1975): dying man remembers his childhood, mother and recent Russian history

Week 5 – Stalker (1979): guide leads two men through the Zone to find a room that grants wishes

Week 6 – Nostalghia (1983): poet travels through Italy researching the life of 18th-century Russian composer

Week 7 – The Sacrifice (1986): middle-aged intellectual bargains with God to stop impending nuclear holocaust

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.


Full course: £110/£80 concessions/Friends of the Freud Museum
Per session: £18/£14 concessions/Friends of the Freud Museum


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