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: £9.00
Senior Citizens: £7
Concs: £5.00 (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.
Figure of Sphinx, Italian, late 5th to early 4th century BC

Between Oedipus and the Sphinx: Freud and Egypt

  • 7 August — 13 October 2019

A painting of Oedipus’ encounter with the Sphinx famously hung beside Freud’s couch. Nobody doubts the significance of Oedipus to the development of Freud’s thought but the presence of the Sphinx reminds us of his less celebrated interest in Egyptian culture. Egyptian artefacts form the largest part of Freud’s collection and lie behind his ‘archaeological metaphor’ – one of his most productive methods for exploring the psyche and developing the practice of psychoanalysis.

Freud was thinking about the archaeology of the mind in tandem with important developments in professional archaeology and Egyptology. This fascinating new exhibition will bring Freud into dialogue with his contemporary Flinders Petrie, the first UK Professor of Egyptology and enable us to compare their thoughts on archaeology and their respective collections of artefacts.

Exploring the themes of Egyptomania, sexuality, death and more, objects from Freud and Petrie’s own personal collections will be displayed side by side.

Egypt also played an increasingly prominent role in Freud’s writings. In his psychobiography of Leonardo da Vinci, the Egyptian goddess Mut holds the key to the artist’s sexual and creative identity. Egypt again takes centre stage in Freud’s final work Moses and Monotheism, published 80 years ago, where he makes the scandalous claim that Moses was not a Jew but an Egyptian.

This Summer exhibition will explore all these themes and more, with the opportunity to see some never-before displayed Egyptian treasures from Freud’s collection up close.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults: £9.00
Concessions: £7.00
Young persons (12-16): £5.00
Children under 12: Free
Friends of the museum: Free

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/exhibitions/between-oedipus-and-the-sphinx-freud-and-egypt/

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.
Sigmund Freud

INTRODUCING FREUD: The Later Freud

  • 30 November 2019 10am-5pm

Freud continually revised his theories throughout his career.
And in some of his later works he explicitly abandoned the fundamental assumptions on which his early thinking had been based. The most far-reaching of these departures were rooted in a series of new and profound psychological insights formulated around the time of the First World War. In the post-war period, he also broadened the scope of psychoanalytic thinking by offering comprehensive theories of religion and society.

The Later Freud day course outline

This is the fifth of five day courses offering a complete introduction to Freud. 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 recent debates addressing the intellectual issues and controversies surrounding it.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Standard £65.00
Friend of the Freud Museum £60.00
Patron of the Freud Museum £60.00
Student/concession £48.00

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/introducing-freud-the-later-freud/

Still from Cleo from 5 to 7

PROJECTIONS: Psychopathology

  • 19 July 2019 10am-5pm *on now

This course will focus on representations of mental illness in films directed by women.

Film has long been a male-dominated industry, but for decades female directors against all odds have made an indelible mark on cinema. Today there is growing recognition of the important contributions made by women to the world of moving image, with audiences calling for more opportunities to be given to female screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, producers, performers and directors in a bid to defeat gender inequality in the film industry.

In this intensive PROJECTIONS course we will explore depictions of mental illness in films directed by women, including representations of psychopathy, addiction and psychosis in the following titles: Monster (Patty Jenkins, 2003), Sherrybaby (Laurie Collyer, 2006), The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014), Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962), You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, 2017), The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008).

Through psychoanalytic engagement, we will place a special focus on the feminine experience portrayed in stories told by women, and collectively discuss the ways in which cinema can evolve in order to more authentically depict female desire, fears and subjectivity.

Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown on the day.

9.30am – open

10.00am – first session

12.00pm – lunch

12.45pm – second session

2.45pm – tea break

3.00pm – third session

5.00pm – finish

Tea and coffee will be provided during both breaks. Please note: there is no cafe on site, however, you are welcome to bring your own lunch, which can be consumed in the classroom, or the Museum garden if the weather is fine.

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.

Admission

Standard admission: £45
Student/concession: £35
Friend of the Museum: £35

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/women-directors-psychopathology/

seen

SEEN- A performance by artist Matt Bodett

  • 11 August 2019 2-3pm

SEEN is a language-based performance examining schizophrenic language as the artist experienced it. While it is not a direct translation of the experience, it does explore the abstract representations of language, the loss of signifiers, and the societal pressures of purpose in communication. This also challenges the ways in which society condemns abnormal language while championing explorative expressions in poetic contexts, explorations, which often mirror or directly steal from the ideas of madness. Having been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder in 2005 he has continually sought an understanding himself and the world around him.

Performance run time: 45 minutes

After being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2005, Bodett graduated with an MFA from Boise State University in 2011 and moved to Chicago shortly afterward to pursue a more full time studio practice. He utilizes visual art, performance art, poetry, video, and sound to advocate for a better, more human, connection with mental illnesses. His work removes stigma and creates unique settings for understanding one’s relationships to mental health and disability at large.

He has been a 3Arts/Bodies of Work Fellow, a 2019 Incubator Artist with High Concept Laboratories, a 2019 MacDowell Fellow, and has exhibited work Internationally. Matt Bodett serves on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Therapy Through the Arts and on the 3Arts Artist Council.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Standard £12.00
Student/senior citizen/unwaged £10.00
Patron of the Museum £6.00
Friend of the Museum £6.00

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/seen/#

Egyptian Antiquities

Curator’s tour: Egyptian Antiquities

  • 16 August 2019 11am-12pm

Freud was an avid collector of antiquities.
And one of the most prominent features of his collection is of Egyptian artefacts which occupy integral parts of his famous study and desk.
Get up close to some of these unique curios from Freud’s 2500-piece collection housed at the Freud Museum with an intimate tour from our curatorial team and explore the exhibition before opening hours.

This talk is held in conjunction with our temporary exhibition Freud & Egypt: Between Oedipus and the Sphinx, 4 August – 13 October 2019.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Standard £14.00
Student/ unwaged £11.00
Patron of the Museum £11.00
Friend of the Museum £11.00

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/curators-tour-egyptian-antiquities-2/#

Egyptian Dream Book Workshop

Egyptian Dream Book Workshop

  • 29 August 2019 2-4pm

Do you believe that dreams can foretell the future?
If you do, then you are not alone. The divination of dreams, or Oneiromancy, has its roots in the ancient world. The Bible records Joseph as the first dream-interpreter of the Pharoah, but it is not the only ancient literary source that records the interpretation of dreams. The Egyptians had a ‘Dream Book’ which recorded 108 dreams, describing 78 activities and emotions.

Freud considered dreams to be the “royal road to the unconscious”. Dreams perform important functions for the unconscious mind and serve as valuable clues to how the unconscious mind operates. The Freudian approach to art therapy depends on the person projecting their personality, conflicts and subconscious to the artwork, connecting the inner world to the outer world through art.

This workshop invites participants to create their own Egyptian ‘Dream Book’. The content can be a dream they have experienced or dreams for the future or a combination of both.

Participants are not expected to reveal their inner most thoughts/experiences but to have a visual of an idea or memory that is unique to them.

Art materials will be provided and participants will be encouraged to use the materials in anyway they feel comfortable.

Part of an exciting series of events which coincide with ‘Between Oedipus and the Sphinx: Freud and Egypt ‘ on display from 7 August – 13 October 2019.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Standard £12.00
Student/concession £10.00
Patron of the Museum £6.00
Friend of the Museum £6.00

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/egyptian-dream-book-workshop/#

Queer Ink

Queer Ink: The Rorschach and Gay Liberation

  • 31 August 2019 2-3:30pm

The Rorschach ink blot test is one of the most famous psychological tests and it has a surprisingly queer history. In mapping this history, author Katherine Hubbard will outline how this test, once used to detect and diagnose ‘homosexuality’, was later used by some psychologists and activists to fight for gay liberation. This talk will specifically explore the Rorschach in yet another way, as a lens through which we can reveal a queer feminist, and woman-centric history of Psychology.

Arguments and findings from Queer Ink: A Blotted History Towards Liberation (in press) will detail several key historical moments where ink blots and gay rights activists came into contact. This includes: which ‘signs’ in the Rorschach were thought to indicate ‘homosexuality’; the psychological research which utilised ink blots to show lesbians were not pathological; and the use of ink blots on the cover of Arena Three, Britain’s first lesbian magazine.

Katherine A. Hubbard is a feminist academic in the Sociology department at the University of Surrey. Her book Queer Ink: A Blotted History Towards Liberation is an accumulation of doctoral and post-doctoral research about the Rorschach inkblot test and gay liberation in Britain. She has a wide range of interests including the history of Psychology, the sociology of Gender, LGBTQ Psychology, and queer feminist history. Her current research project is looking at the experiences of queer women working in Psychology in the mid 20th Century.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Standard £12.00
Student/concession £10.00
Patron of the Museum Free
Friend of the Museum Free

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/queer-ink-the-rorschach-and-gay-liberation/#

Freud’s Goddesses

Freud’s Goddesses

  • 8 September 2019 2-3pm

Freud described the bond between mother and infant son as the “purest example of unchangeable affection.” Yet in the theories and mythologies on which he builds the project of psychoanalysis the question of motherly, indeed female, agency and desire is studiously avoided. Similarly, having many female interlocutors whose intelligence he greatly respected, Freud professed ignorance of answer to the question “what does a woman want?” Despite this, Freud’s texts and his collection of antiquities are replete with forceful female presences. As he drew parallels between ancient mythology and early childhood, early goddesses are often compared or conflated with mothers. Through discussing some of the goddesses that attracted Freud’s admiration and awe, this talk aims to throw new light on what Freud called the “dark continent” of woman.

Frederika Tevebring is a research fellow at The Warburg Institute. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University. Her research explores how ancient Greece has been reconstructed in German intellectual history, in museums, poetry, and scholarship. She is particularly interested in mythological figures that have troubled idealizing notions of ancient Greece.

Part of an exciting series of events which coincide with ‘Between Oedipus and the Sphinx: Freud and Egypt‘ on display from 7 August – 13 October 2019.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Standard £12.00 +£1.76 Fee
Student/concession £10.00
Patron of the Museum £6.00
Friend of the Museum £6.00

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/freuds-goddesses/#

Sexuality Day course

INTRODUCING FREUD: Sexuality, Day course with Keith Barrett BA PhD

  • 5 October 2019 10am-5pm

Sexuality is at the centre of Freudian psychology.
When Jung suggested that that his work would meet with far less resistance from the medical profession and the public at large if he softened down the concept of libido so that it referred to a vague ‘life instinct’, rather than evoking thoughts of actual sex, Freud adamantly refused to do so, insisting that the truth about human beings could not be given up for the sake of mere social acceptance!

We will explore the ideas Freud saw as his most important contribution to human knowledge, reviewing all aspects of his theory of the key role of sexuality in the emotional development of the person from birth onwards, and asking the crucial question: Why Sex? That is, what were the factors leading Freud to make sexuality the cornerstone of his theory, and the chief focus of his work?

Sexuality day course outline.
This is the second of five Saturday courses offering a complete introduction to Freud. 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 bearing upon it, and up-date themselves on the recent debates addressing the intellectual issues and controversies surrounding it.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Standard £65.00
Friend of the Freud Museum £60.00
Patron of the Freud Museum £60.00
Student/concession £48.00

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/introducing-freud-sexuality/#

Wolf Mann's Dream

INTRODUCING FREUD: Dreams (and Self-Analysis)

  • 26 October 2019 10am-5pm

This statement reflected the fact that he had embarked upon a self-analysis, during the year of mourning following his father’s death, by analysing his own dreams. He changed his mind on the training of future analysts later, but nevertheless, the centrality of dream interpretation to psychoanalysis has never been more clearly underlined.

The course will examine in detail Freud’s method of interpreting dreams, and the theory of dreams he proposed to support it. We will compare Freud’s method with other approaches to dream interpretation, discuss the role of dreams in psychotherapy, and review the latest findings of sleep science as they bear on Freud’s ideas. We will also explore Freud’s attempt to analyse himself.

Dreams (and Self-Analysis) day course outline.
This is the third of five Saturday courses offering a complete introduction to Freud. 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 bearing upon it, and up-date themselves on the recent debates addressing the intellectual issues and controversies surrounding it.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Standard £65.00
Friend of the Freud Museum £60.00
Patron of the Freud Museum £60.00
Student/concession £48.00

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/introducing-freud-dreams-and-self-analysis/#

Freud

INTRODUCING FREUD: Case Histories: Dora, Rat Man, Schreber

  • 16 November 2019 10am-5pm

In these brilliant essays, Freud puts himself on display both as a clinician and as a theorist, and the fact that he was honest enough to describe his failures as well as what he took to be his successes, ensures their enduring value for us today. We will look at three case histories, illustrating the psychoanalysis of hysteria, obsessional neurosis, and paranoia. In the first two, we witness the unfolding of Freud’s practice of psychoanalysis, as he leaves behind his original stance of being a ‘detective’ – actively questioning the patient to build up a picture of the probable causes of the symptoms – and replaces it with his mature approach in which the analyst ‘simply listens’. The third is based on a memoir of psychotic illness written by the patient, and this provides Freud with the material to formulate new psychological hypotheses, which extend the range of psychoanalytic theory beyond the neuroses.

Case Histories day course outline.
This is the fourth of five Saturday courses offering a complete introduction to Freud. 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 bearing upon it, and up-date themselves on the recent debates addressing the intellectual issues and controversies surrounding it.

Admission

Standard £65.00
Friend of the Freud Museum £60.00
Patron of the Freud Museum £60.00
Student/concession £48.00

Website

https://www.freud.org.uk/event/introducing-freud-case-histories-dora-rat-man-schreber/#

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

Website

http://www.freud.org.uk/

E-mail

info@freud.org.uk

Telephone

020 7435 2002

Fax

020 7431 5452

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