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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Wed 12.00-20.30
Thurs-Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Adults: £8.00
Senior Citizens: £6
Concs: £4.00 (with valid student ID card, children aged 12-16, unemployed persons, disabled persons)
Under 12s: Free

Discounts

  • 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.
Xray of Sigmund Freud's coat

Temporarily Accessioned: Freud’s Coat Revisited

  • 22 February — 7 May 2017 *on now

This exhibition is an opportunity to present new work by the artist, twenty years after first exhibiting at the museum in a show entitled Freud’s Coat.

Coldwell’s work focuses on the forced exile of Freud from Vienna in 1938 to settle in London for the last year of his life. The work he has made includes a full size print from x-rays of the coat that Freud purchased to travel to London, entitled Temporarily Accessioned-X-Ray (2016), and a reconstruction of the objects on Freud’s desk, 3D scanned and printed in pure white nylon, A Ghostly Return (2016). Together the work addresses the themes of absence and presence, of objects and loss, and touches on what it means to have to flee one’s home and become a migrant.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £8.00
Senior Citizens: £6.00
Concessions: £4.00 (students with valid ID cards, children aged 12-16, UK unemployed persons - with proof, disabled persons)
Children under 12: Free

Website

https://freud.org.uk/exhibitions/76736/temporarily-accessioned-freud%C3%A2%E2%80%99s-coat-revisited/

Photographic contact sheet displaying a woman dancing

Secrets of the Soul

  • 5 April — 7 May 2017 *on now

This new exhibition of works commissioned by UCL’s Psychoanalysis Unit explores the significance of secrets in psychic life and in psychoanalysis. Six student artists from the Slade School of Fine Art and the University of the Arts London have produced pieces that reflect on the fascination of secrets, meditating on art’s capacity both to reveal and conceal, and challenging Freud’s conviction that ‘no mortal can keep a secret’ from a psychoanalytically trained observer.

The Psychoanalysis Unit’s mission is to break the mould of traditional approaches to psychoanalysis, taking inspiration from the discipline’s ideas to meet modern challenges. Their truly interdisciplinary research draws on a wide range of research methods and theoretical perspectives taken from neuroscience and clinical trials, anthropology, economics and history.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £8.00
Senior Citizens: £6.00
Concessions: £4.00 (students with valid ID cards, children aged 12-16, UK unemployed persons - with proof, disabled persons)
Children under 12: Free

Anna Freud with her class of children

The Best Possible School

  • 10 May — 16 July 2017

Modernism, creativity, the freedom to grow as a “free and self-reliant human being” – with these beliefs, Anna Freud, the youngest daughter of Sigmund Freud, and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, the youngest daughter of the great American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded Vienna’s Hietzing School.

To Erik H. Erikson who taught there, it was “the best possible school” and today its true significance, as both the teachers and the students remember it, comes to life in a dynamic new exhibit at the Freud Museum London.

Four historic photographs of Sigmund Freud are on view for the first time, along with original paintings and over 75 vintage pictures from private collections in Europe and America. Notable drawings, manuscripts and autographs make vivid the founders’ vision of the Hietzing School’s origins and sequels, its day-to-day experience and its enduring influence on our understanding of education and the developing mind.

Admission

£8/£4

Website

https://freud.org.uk/exhibitions/76788/the-best-possible-school-anna-freud-dorothy-tiffany-burlingham-and-the-hietzing-school-in-1920s-vienna/

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.
Photos of Helene Deutsch, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, Karen Horney, and Marie-Louise von Franz.

Performance: The Women: Our Psychoanalytic Mothers

  • 21 May 2017 3-4:15pm

The lives of these women spanned two centuries, three continents and two World Wars. Each of these women made original contributions to the development of psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice.

The five performers are themselves all authors and/or clinical practitioners and their performances will be given greater depth and informed by their professional experience.

This presentation is inspired by a desire to foster dialogue among mental health practitioners. Many of the challenges therapists face in their daily clinical practice will be illuminated by an appreciation of how these five pioneering women confronted and redefined prevailing forms of psychotherapy in their own lifetimes.

The Creative Director, Dr. Louise DeCosta, has previously brought two other original presentations to the Freud Museum, The Freud/Ferenczi Letters and The Freud/Jung Letters. This is the London debut of the new presentation, first performed in the US, and here through the generosity of the Director and her troupe of analyst/author/performers.

The duration of the presentation is approx. 60mins, followed by a Q&A.

Admission

Free with admission
£7/£4/£3

Website

https://freud.org.uk/events/76792/the-women-our-psychoanalytic-mothers/

Children riding a bicycle

Freud/Tiffany and 'The Best Possible School'

  • 13 May 2017 9:30am-4:30pm

When the first and second generation of analysts founded what Erik Erikson called “the best possible school,” they brought to their project all the modernist creativity of interwar Vienna. This inventiveness comes to life in a day of talks and discussion blending the historical with the personal, and psychoanalytic theory with memoir. The symposium will feature original contributions and an international dialogue.

Opening Reception: Friday May 12, 2017, 5:30pm to 8:00pm, which includes exhibition viewing.

International Symposium: Saturday May 13, 2017, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Admission

Full Price: £60
Students and Concessions: £45
(£5 discount for members of the Freud Museum)

Tickets include Friday evening reception and Saturday symposium.

Website

https://freud.org.uk/events/76580/freudtiffany-and-the-best-possible-school/

Book cover

Fourth Person Singular

  • 15 May 2017 7-8:30pm

Claudia Rankine described the poems in Alsadir’s first book as 'lawless,' ‘provocative, and 'heart-breaking' as they converse from the inside out… come alive in the back and forth of a mind attempting to understand what it means to be in relation to. ’Fourth Person Singular continues to blow open the relationship between self and world in a working through of lyric shame, bending poetic form through fragment, lyric essay, aphorisms mined from the unconscious, and pop-up associations, to explore the complexities, congruities, disturbances - as well as the beauty - involved in self-representation in language. As unexpected as it is bold, Alsadir's ambitious tour de force demands we pay new attention to the current conversation about the nature of lyric – and human relationships – in the 21st century.

She talks to psychoanalyst and writer Josh Cohen about poetry, dreams, shame and related topics.

Admission

£10/£7

Website

https://freud.org.uk/events/76829/fourth-person-singular-/

Sigmund Freud's empty desk chair

Rescuing Repression from Repression: Freud's 1915 Classic Revisited

  • 17 May 2017 7-8:30pm

The 2017 Freud Memorial Lecture provides an extraordinary opportunity to hear the world-renowned psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Salman Akhtar.

The so-called widening scope of psychoanalysis has led to emphasis upon psychodynamic constellations of splitting, projective identification, and other 'primitive' defences at the cost of inattention to the mechanism of repression. This presentation seeks to undo this trend by noting the profound and pervasive significance of repression in mental life. By carefully going over Freud's 1915 paper on repression, this presentation will unmask four important binaries (primal vs. defensive, pushed down vs pulled under, banished vs. returned, and successful vs. failed) in this concept. The work of repression in pathologies organised around splitting etc. will also be highlighted. Ample social and clinical vignettes will be offered to illustrate the ideas proposed in this talk.

Professor Akhtar is one of the most creative and prolific psychoanalysts writing today and has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He has been a supporter of the Freud Museum for many years, and we are honoured that he is giving this prestigious lecture.

Admission

£15/£12 concessions and Friends of the Museum

Website

https://freud.org.uk/events/76734/rescuing-repression-from-repression-freuds-1915-classic-revisited/

Book cover showing hand reaching out.

I Am Here: Stories from a Cancer Ward

  • 23 May 2017 7-8:30pm

In an increasingly complex world, more and more people seem to be looking for simple answers. Trained as a narrative therapist in Australia, Johannes Klabbers encourages people who are looking for a different way of being in the world to adopt a posthumanist approach which seeks to move beyond the binaries of human/non-human, self and other, and to embrace complexity, emphasising not difference but relationality.

Johannes's book 'I Am Here: Stories from a Cancer Ward' (Scribe 2016) tells the true story of an academic at a university in the Australian outback who takes voluntary redundancy and reinvents himself as a secular pastoral worker in a cancer hospital. The Australian called it "wonderfully insightful".

Admission

£10/£7 concessions

Website

https://freud.org.uk/events/76834/i-am-here-stories-from-a-cancer-ward-/

Book cover showing a photograph of Sigmund Freud

Freud: An Intellectual Biography, Joel Whitebook

  • 6 June 2017 7-8:30pm

Offering a radically new portrait, Whitebook reconsiders Freud in light of recent developments in psychoanalytic theory and practice, gender studies, philosophy and cultural theory. He explores the man in all his complexity alongside a new interpretation of his theories that overturns many stereotypes that surround him.


An elegant foray into the man and his mind...rich and illuminating.
Guardian

Despite all attempts to bury him, Freud remains the ultimate revenant, haunting the 21st century. Whitebook shows how relevant many of Freud’s ideas remain.
Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley

Joel Whitebook is a philosopher and psychoanalyst who maintained a private practice in New York City for twenty-five years. He is currently on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and he is the Director of the University's Psychoanalytic Studies Program.

Admission

£10/£7

Website

https://freud.org.uk/events/76812/freud-an-intellectual-biography/

Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London
Greater London
NW3 5SX
England

Website

www.freud.org.uk/

E-mail

info@freud.org.uk

Telephone

020 7435 2002

Fax

020 7431 5452

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