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: £9.00
Senior Citizens: £7
Concs: £5.00 (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.
Martha Freud admission to the UK paper

Leaving Today: the Freuds in Exile 1938

  • 18 July — 30 September 2018 *on now

On Saturday 4 June 1938, Sigmund Freud, his wife, Martha, and their daughter Anna left Vienna forever. On the same day, Freud sent a note to his friend, the writer, Arnold Zweig. In it he wrote, briefly, “Leaving today for 39 Elsworthy Road, London NW3 …”.

Freud’s note was simple, but behind it lay a complex and dangerous series of events and an urgent need to escape. Hitler’s annexation of Austria to Germany on 13 March had placed Austrian Jews in immediate danger. Within days, Freud’s apartment and publishing house had been raided. A week later, Anna was arrested and questioned by the Gestapo.

Now, after weeks of uncertainty, Freud, Martha and Anna boarded a train to take them across Europe to Paris, and from there to London and a new life. Other family members had escaped just weeks earlier, but many friends and relatives remained behind to uncertain fates.

Featuring original documents, letters and objects, many of which have never been on public display before, this major new exhibition will reveal the stories of Freud’s and his family’s escape and exile. Key items include the original documents required for Freud and his family to leave Austria and enter Britain, Freud’s personal correspondence – including with celebrated figures such as Albert Einstein and H.G. Wells – and personal belongings. ​

Through the experiences of Freud and his family threads a universal story of flight and exile. Britain remains a refuge for many fleeing persecution, torture, enslavement and murder. At the center of the exhibition will be the voices of young people who attend the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile through work they have created in collaboration with the artist Barnaby Barford. Each young person has come to Britain, unaccompanied, to seek refuge and safety.

The exhibition includes the first public display of "The Psychoanalyst" by Marie-Louise Motesiczky a generous gift from the Marie-Louise Motesiczky Foundation. The Museum is very pleased to add this painting from one of ‘Austria’s most important 20th-century painters’ to its collections.

Marie-Louise Motesiczky herself had an interesting link to Sigmund Freud and the Freud family. Marie-Louise and her family moved in similar circles to the Freuds. Her grandmother Anna von Lieben was a patient of Sigmund Freud’s, as were other relatives, while her brother Karl pursued his own studies in psychoanalysis with Wilhelm Reich. Like the Freuds, Marie- Louise and her mother fled Austria immediately after the Anschluss in 1938. They arrived in England in 1939 and spent the rest of their lives in Hampstead.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults: £9
Concessions: £7
Young persons (12-16): £5
Children under 12: Free
Friends of the museum: 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.
Syrian vegetarian plate

Syrian Delights

  • 23 August 2018 6:30-8:30pm

The Freud Museum London is proud to host an evening of Syrian cuisine in partnership with the charity The Welcome Project.

The evening at the Freud Museum will include a large selection of vegetarian dishes of Syrian cuisine, drinks, as well as live Syrian music. All proceeds will go to support The Welcome Programme.

Syrian Delights, in conjunction with The Welcome Programme, arranges cookery workshops and events that empower women by enabling them to share their recipes and enrich their language skills.

The Welcome Programme was founded by Deborah Koder and is kindly funded by the Lanyado Family Trust to support the integration of newly-arrived Syrian families, welcoming them into the community through cross-communal events and activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Papers documenting the arrival of the Freud Family in London

Psychoanalysis & Exile: 1938-2018

  • 8 September 2018 10am-5pm

In a time of widespread political instability, Psychoanalysis & Exile: 1938-2018 will aim to address the universal experience of those seeking asylum and living in exile and the parallels they share with historical socio-political conflicts.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Freud family’s flight from Nazi-occupied Austria and their finding refuge in London in 1938. To commemorate this anniversary, the Freud Museum London is hosting an exhibition ‘Leaving Today: The Freuds in Exile 1938’ addressing the Freuds’ expulsion from Vienna, and their assimilation into their new home in London.

Taking its point of reference from the Freuds’ experience, this day conference will explore the historical and current crises that are faced by refugees and asylum seekers the world over, from the exodus from Nazi Germany and Austria in the 1930s, Anna Freud’s work with child refugees, and how researchers and psychoanalysts work with those seeking refuge today.


Julia Hoffbrand, Diane Silverthorne, David Cohen, Inge Pretorius, Alicia Kent, Leonie Ansems de Vries, Sheila Melzak

Suitable for

  • 18+


£40 - £65


image of Vamik Volkan speaking

Vamik’s Room: A documentary film about the life of psychoanalyst Vamik Volkan.

  • 9 September 2018 2-4pm

Vamik’s Room is a documentary film about the life of Vamik Volkan, a psychoanalyst born in Cyprus who has worked a lifetime around the globe bringing representatives from warring factions together for dialogue.

The film dramatizes Vamik’s main ideas about group psychology, tracing how he has helped heal conflict in traumatized regions including the Middle East, Estonia and the Republic of Georgia. It illustrates the importance of adaptive mourning and how malignant leaders can mobilize shared memories of a past injury to catalyze a “time collapse” in the present that fuels genocidal acts of revenge.

A central storyline concerns Vamik’s work with a refugee family forced from their home in Abkhazia and how he helped the grief-stricken community find hope in their new surroundings, a dilapidated luxury hotel. He returns years later where out of the ruins the people have built a room for him, “Vamik’s room.” The film concludes by describing his recent diplomatic work with the International Dialogue Initiative, which creates a reflective space for groups to communicate free from the distortions of historical trauma.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£8 - £10


Painting of the Psychoanalyst, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky: Painting the Psychoanalyst

  • 12 September 2018 6:30am-8:30pm

Join us for an evening marking the generous gift to the Freud Museum London of the ‘Psychoanalyst’ a painting by artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, with a drinks reception followed by a talk by art historian, Ines Schlenker.

Born into a prominent Jewish family in Vienna in 1906, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky left Austria the day after the Anschluss and eventually settled in London. This talk traces her artistic career – from promising beginnings to the struggle of rebuilding a reputation in exile – and explores the Motesiczky family’s numerous connections with psychoanalysis.

Ines Schlenker is an independent art historian with a special interest in National Socialist, degenerate and émigré art. She wrote the catalogue raisonné of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s paintings, published in 2009, and co-edited the painter’s correspondence with the writer Elias Canetti. Her book on the artist Milein Cosman will be published later this year.

Part of an exciting series of events which coincide with the exhibition Leaving Today: the Freuds in Exile 1938, on display from 18 July – 30 September 2018.

The exhibition includes the first public display of the Psychoanalyst. The Museum is very pleased to add this painting from one of ‘Austria’s most important 20th-century painters’ to its collections.


£12, £9 Friends of the Museum and concessions


One of Cologni pieces for the project Intraplaces, white on green background

Intraplaces: Dialogues Without Words

  • 15 September 2018 2-3pm

Artist Elena Cologni has previously discussed at the Freud Museum the research background of her artistic project ‘Seeds of Attachment’ (2016/18), looking into the attachment between parent and child (Freud, A.,1967; Ainsworth, 1973; Bowlby, 1969) as crucial to place attachment (Seamon, D., 2013). Cologni attempts to investigate this through the adoption of a nomadic (Braidotti) and dialogic sculpture through a non-verbal approach, she designed based on the principles of the Margaret Lowenfeld Mosaic Box (1954). Aspects of this process were exhibited at New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College of the University of Cambridge, for which she developed the series ‘Intraplaces’.

The active engagement at the Freud Museum concludes a series of encounters in London’s public spaces, the implications of which are then discussed with author Susan Buckingham, whose research and publications address gender and environmental issues.

Ticket includes admission to the Museum.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£8 - £10


Rewind/Fast-forward image

Rewind/Fast Forward: Tapes from the Freud Museum

  • 16 September 2018 12-5pm

Over the last six months, participants in the Transcultural Memory course in the Visual Cultures Department at Goldsmiths have been exploring the intersections of the politics of memory, philosophy, psychoanalysis, race and colonialism.

This event will examine the temporality of remembering and forgetting (rewinding and fast-forwarding) through audio-visual art practices, particularly in relation to migration. Freud’s’ writing and case studies will serve as the starting point to analyse the current political framework of the immigration crisis and the trauma of belonging.

Artworks are perhaps the best instruments to help us understand the journey of the migrant, its traumatic departures and the uncertainty of arrival. Tapes from the Freud Museum will explore the idea of memory and forgetting through film installations, soundtracks, archival materials and psychoanalytic concepts developed by Sigmund Freud.

Join us for an affective and non-spatial journey through time.

Participants: Rinrada Na Chiangmai, I-Ying Liu, Sanjita Majumder, Aron Rossman-Kiss, Claudia Tsang, Sofia Villena Araya


Free with Museum admission ticket


Photograph of Sugmund Freud

Introducing Freud at the Freud Museum: 12 Week Evening Course

  • 20 September — 6 December 2018

Tutor: Keith Barrett BA PhD

As Freud is so frequently referenced, it can easily be assumed that we already know everything about him, but the superficial manner in which his life and ideas are normally discussed conceals the fact that his writings and the thought behind them are poorly understood at the level of popular awareness, and that an accurate picture of Freud that does justice to the true nature of his achievements has never fully emerged. This situation has been exacerbated by the series of intense controversies that has raged around his ideas since they first became internationally known.

Nevertheless, since the mid-1970’s, distinguished scholars – including historians of science and cultural historians – have been producing groundbreaking studies illuminating in detail the context in which Freud was working, and the sequence of steps by which he arrived at the central ideas and methods of psychoanalysis. Taking the results of all these studies together, we now have an accurate and nuanced picture of Freud as a scientific investigator and therapeutic innovator, and of the actual process through which psychoanalysis was created.

The aim of ‘Introducing Freud’ is to revisit Freud’s most important writings – bringing to bear on our critical examination of his texts the results of the last 40 years of Freud scholarship. We will also take into account the major critiques of Freud’s work advanced in the last 70 years – for example, the feminist critique of Freud and the positivist critique of the scientific status of psychoanalysis – as well as exploring the important changes in our view of Freud brought about by advances in psychoanalysis itself.

Each session of the course will focus on selected passages from Freud’s writings (all the readings are taken from ‘The Freud Reader’ edited by Peter Gay), with the aim of enabling students to familiarise (or re-familiarise) themselves directly with his ideas, while clarifying the import of his most important concepts and theories, as well as his approach to the practice of psychoanalysis. This will provide the basis on which to evaluate the most recent scholarship devoted to the re-assessment of his achievements – and the current state of play in the principal debates surrounding his legacy.

We will place Freud’s writings accurately in their historical context – while also bringing into focus the relevance of his work to debates that are taking place at the present time.

The course will be accessible to beginners – but is also designed for those already familiar with Freud’s work who wish to acquaint themselves with the results of the latest research and scholarship and update themselves on the intellectual issues and controversies surrounding it.


£130 - £190


Photo of Sigmund Freud

What would Sigmund Freud have thought about Islamic State?

  • 26 September 2018 7-8:30pm

Islamic State is seen primarily through a political lens: the psychological motivation of such groups is poorly understood.

But we need to ask the question, do the inner disquiets of Islam make more sense to the psychoanalytic thinking than to the imams?

But what would Sigmund Freud have thought about Islamic State? Can Freudian psychoanalysis offer insight into the radicalisation of group members and the effect this has on the wider society?

Gabrielle Rifkind is the author of The Psychology of Political Extremism: What would Sigmund Freud have thought about Islamic State? and will be in discussion with Brett Kahr on this subject, offering a psychoanalytic approach to one of the most pressing yet sensitive topics currently unfolding in the world today.

Sigmund Freud’s final years were also marked by the rise of sudden political extremism forcing him to flee his home in Vienna and seek refuge in London. To coincide with the Freud Museum London’s current exhibition Leaving Today: The Freuds in Exile 1938, this discussion will recall Freud’s own flight from Nazi persecution eighty years ago.

Gabrielle Rifkind is a practicing psychotherapist and group analyst, and a specialist in conflict resolution. She has spent the past two decades working in conflict resolution in the Middle East.

Brett Kahr is a Trustee of the Freud Museum and has worked in the mental health field for over thirty-five years. He is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London and Consultant Psychotherapist at the Balint Consultancy.

Suitable for

  • 18+




Eye, MC Escher

Psychosis and Psychoanalysis

  • 29 September 2018 9am-5pm

Is there a place for psychosis in psychoanalysis? Is there a place for psychoanalysis in psychosis?
The questions remain open, deserving further examination across history, politics, theory and technique.

Following the highly successful event held in March 2016 as a fundraiser for the Psychosis Therapy Project, this conference offers to have another look at the complex interface between psychosis and psychoanalysis.

An international panel of eminent clinicians and theoreticians in the area of psychosis will share their experience and expertise as they discuss the promises and the pitfalls of the psychoanalytic engagement with psychosis.

Speakers: David Morgan, Berjanet Jazani, Brett Kahr, Patricia Gherovici, Philippe Valon, Françoise Davoine, Anne Zachary, Vassilis Kapsambelis, Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz

Suitable for

  • 18+


Full Price £75
Friend of the Museum £70
Concession £65
Concessionary Friend of the Museum £55

A limited number of bursary places are also available.


Girl in Gallery, Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze, the Gaze and the Baroque

Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze: The Gaze and the Baroque

  • 30 September 2018 9:30am-5pm

Lacan’s, Foucault’s, and Deleuze’s conflicting understanding of the relation between subject and structure nonetheless materialised in a common effort to separate aesthetics and the work of art from traditional metaphysics.

In this one-day intensive course we will compare and contrast the respective stances of these towering figures of twentieth-century French thought on the specific questions of the gaze and the baroque as an exceptional form of art.

We will begin by introducing Lacan’s notion of the gaze as a privileged object of the Freudian drive and focus on how he often discusses it with reference to highly original interpretations of specific works of art (such as Holbein’s The Ambassadors). We will then turn to Foucault’s consideration of the gaze in The Birth of the Clinic and try to identify the reason why Lacan deemed this book to be indispensible reading for a novel psychoanalytic assessment of the visual drive.

This will lead us to compare and contrast Lacan’s and Foucault’s contemporary and extensive engagement with Velázquez’s Las Meninas as a turning point not only in the history of art but also of knowledge and the mode of subjectivity. In the last part of the course we will proceed to examine Deleuze’s and Lacan’s fascination with the baroque.

On the one hand, we will show how they both single it out as an aesthetics eliciting a new conception of the body, the world, and the status of the object. On the other, it will be a matter of evidencing how these surprising similarities still presuppose and sustain almost opposite ontologies – Deleuze’s chaotic and vitalist cosmos of folds; Lacan’s subject of enjoyment as absolute difference.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Full Price £65
Friend of the Museum £60
Concession £55
Concessionary Friend of the Museum £45


A black & white photo of a veiled woman with someone's hand touching her mouth.

PROJECTIONS: Women in Horror Films

  • 1 October — 5 November 2018

The horror genre in film follows from the literary tradition established by Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, eliciting physiological and psychological reactions through suspense, gore, the macabre and the supernatural. Horror films transfix and terrify audiences in equal measure, unfailingly achieving suspension of disbelief because fear is a universal emotion. Via Freud, Kristeva, Lacan and Laing's theories, we can explore the proposition that the horror genre affords us an indispensable language for approaching the complex dimensions of feminine subjectivity.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Full Price £100
Friend of the Museum £75
Student/unwaged £75


Sculptor Oscar Nemon is sculpting a bust of Sigmund Freud. Freud patiently sits for him with his dog in his garden.

Freud’s Sculptor: The Life and Works of Oscar Nemon

  • 16 October 2018 6:30-8:30pm

In 1931, a Jewish boy from Croatia, persuaded the reluctant Sigmund Freud to sit for him in Vienna. This young man was Oscar Nemon.

Daughter of Oscar Nemon and author of Finding Nemon (release date September 2018), Aurelia Young will tell the story of her father’s life.

The bust Nemon made of Freud in 1931 can be seen in the study at the Freud Museum. Freud was generous with his precious time and sat for Nemon a second time in 1936 for the statue which now stands at the junction of Fitzjohn’s Avenue and Belsize Lane, Hampstead. He would go on to sculpt many of Freud’s disciples, including Sandor Ferenczi, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Melanie Klein, Ernest Jones and Donald Winnicott.

Nemon lived in Vienna and Brussels before seeking refuge in England in the 1930s. Whilst in England, he sculpted the Queen, Winston Churchill and many other prominent politicians of the 20th-century.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Any age


Full Price £11
Friend of the Museum £9
Concession £9


Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
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020 7431 5452

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