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


  • 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.
Sigmund Freud

Freud Before Psychoanalysis: Early Scientific Discoveries, 1873-1895

  • 30 April — 7 June 2015 *on now

Long before Freud coined the term psychoanalysis in 1896 and developed a profound new body of psychological theory and technique, he had distinguished himself as a young scientific researcher and physician. Between 1876 and 1895, Freud made numerous contributions to various branches of medicine and biology, including, physiology, anatomy, histology, anaesthetics, paediatrics, and neurology.

The exhibition will include a display of rare books, unpublished letters, certificates, and journals from the collections of the RSM Library and the Freud Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£7 Adult £4 Students/Concessions £5 Seniors


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.
Lou Andreas Salome

Women who Psychoanalyse: Lou Andreas-Salome, Karen Horney, Luce Irigaray, Jacqueline Rose

  • 16 April — 2 July 2015 *on now

12 week evening course

The course will highlight women as psychoanalytic innovators and critics, and as philosophers and cultural theorists - rather than dealing primarily with women as objects of psychoanalytic theory or cultural analysis. We will focus on four well known and highly regarded figures, examining their engagement with psychoanalysis and their broader thinking.

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

Suitable for

  • 18+


£185 Adult; £155 Member of the Museum; £120 Students/Unwaged



PROJECTIONS: Cinematic representations of the unconscious

  • 11 May — 22 June 2015 *on now

At one time, conscious will alone was accepted as the mind’s primary motivating agency, but Sigmund Freud was a game changer: he developed and popularized the mysterious concept of the unconscious (a repository of repressed memories, obscure fears and forbidden desires) as the source of human behaviour, inspiring surrealist artists and intellectual rebels along the way.

Some critics doubt the existence of the unconscious; we can’t measure it or even see it – so how can we know what it is? Unconscious thoughts are not directly accessible to ordinary introspection, but can be deduced by special methods such as free association and parapraxes. Referring to dreams as the ‘royal road’ to the unconscious, Freud took pride in disturbing the sleep of humanity with his revolutionary psychoanalytic ideas.

‘PROJECTIONS: Cinematic representations of the unconscious’ is a 6-week course dedicated to the Freudian ‘archeologist’ tradition of digging away layers of the human mind in an attempt to translate the bizarre and beautiful language of the unconscious whilst imagining its shape and composition. Tracing the path of perplexing riddles that long to be deciphered, we will uncover the secrets of the soul from struggle to liberation, drawing symbolic connections with the cinematic experience.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£90 Adult £60 Concessions and Members of the Museum



The Wounds Of History: Refugee Week 2015

  • 16 June 2015 7-8:30pm

This event will begin with an excerpt of a paper written by Maya Jacobs Wallfisch entitled 'The Wounds of History', following this, Maya and Trudy Gold will be in conversation about the impact of the Holocaust on the second generation of survivors. They will discuss psychological, historical and social aspects of this experience and encourage audience contribution.

The event coincides with Refugee Week 2015 - a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.


£10 Adult
£7 Student/Member of the Museum



Life after Fukushima - north-east Japan

  • 19 June 2015 7-9pm

Join us for a screening of 'Life after Fukushima - north-east Japan' (French with English subtitles and voiceover, colour, 16/9, 54’, 2013) followed by a discussion between the filmmaker, Stéphane Thibierge, Lucia Corti and Dany Nobus

Synopsis - a French psychoanalyst and photographer, familiar with Japan, investigates one year after March 11, 2011, the lives and daily experience of people in the devastated areas of North-East Japan.

The whole world saw at the time images of people gripped in the confusion and disarray of a huge catastrophe. What became of these men and women, and how do they live today? The news channels have almost forgotten them since 2011.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£10 Adults
£7 Members of the Museum
£7 Students/Concessions


Hilda & Freud - collected words

'Hilda & Freud - collected words' Promenade performance by Antonio Quinet

  • 1 — 3 July 2015

The Unconscious on Stage Company returns to the Museum for three nights of their hugely successful performance about the acclaimed American poet HD (Hilda Doolittle)’s analysis with Freud, on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July.

The play is based on HD´s book Tribute to Freud, the letters she exchanged with Freud and her literary circle, as well as some of her poetry; Hilda, was forty seven years old when she met Freud, then in his late seventies, in 1930s Vienna. It was the beginning of a startling "love affair",, with exchanges of gifts, letters and flowers, within and beyond the psychoanalytical setting. During the presentation, the audience will accompany Hilda on her visit to Freud´s residence, soon after his death in London, guided by the Narrator on this tour around the house as through the chambers of her mind. During her visit Hilda revives moments of her life and analysis, which she defined as a "free verse relationship” with Freud. In a psychoanalytical, non-conventional, treatment, she works through her war traumas as well as her illuminating cosmic and oceanic epiphanies.


£15/£12 Concessions


Our Strange Thoughts

'Our Strange Thoughts' David Adam in conversation with Oliver James

  • 8 July 2015 7:30-8:30pm

Have you ever had the sudden fear that you didn’t lock the back door? Or the disturbing thought of jumping in front of an oncoming train?

You are not alone. Most of us experience strange thoughts and compulsions that occur to us ‘out of the blue’. They can sometimes be distressing and embarassing, but they are also very common. For many people, they spiral into the living nightmare of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

OCD is estimated to afflict roughly 750,000 people in the UK alone. But what exactly is it? Where do its characteristic thoughts and explanations come from? And can a psychoanalytic approach shed light on this debilitating condition?

Join David Adam and Oliver James for an intimate exploration of the experience of OCD and its possible explanations.


£10/£7 Concessions


'Rorschach Audio' An Evening of Psychoacoustic and Optical Illusions

  • 23 July 2015 7-8:30pm

The book Rorschach Audio: Art & Illusion for Sound, by author and installation artist Joe Banks, takes as its central metaphor the comparison between the perception of ambiguous speech-sounds, and the “projective” interpretation of the famous ink-blot tests devised by the Freudian psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach in 1921.

With a nod to the model of perception proposed by Freud, Banks explores relationships between mechanisms of aural and visual perception, demonstrating a series of highly entertaining and sometimes bizarre psychoacoustic and optical illusions.

With a further nod to ideas proposed in Freud’s The Future of An Illusion, the lecture focusses on a critique of Spiritualistic and allegedly supernatural Electronic Voice Phenomena (ghost-voice) recordings, a theme wildly popular in contemporary sound installation art. Banks traces the illusions involved as far back as the artist generally recognised as the most important figure in the history of Western art, and reveals the role that relatively little-known wartime intelligence work with sound had on what is arguably the most important work of visual arts theory ever published.


£10/£7 Concessions


Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
Greater London




020 7435 2002


020 7431 5452

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