Freud Museum London

Freud's psychoanalytic couchFreud Museum LondonFreud's deskEvent in the Museum's garden
Freud's psychoanalytic couch. Photo by Copyright Freud Museum London



The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud's study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime.

It contains Freud's remarkable collection of antiquities: Egyptian; Greek; Roman and Oriental. Almost 2,000 items fill cabinets and are arranged on every surface. There are rows of ancient figures on the desk where Freud wrote until the early hours of the morning. The walls are lined with shelves containing Freud's large library.

The house is also filled with memories of his daughter, Anna, who lived there for 44 years and continued to develop her pioneering psychoanalytic work, especially with children. It was her wish that the house become a museum to honour her illustrious father. The Freuds were fortunate to be able to bring all their furniture and household effects to London. These included splendid Biedermeier chests, tables and cupboards, and a fine collection of 18th and 19th century Austrian painted country furniture.

Undoubtedly the most famous piece of furniture in all the collection is Freud's psychoanalytic couch, on which all of his patients reclined. The couch is remarkably comfortable and is covered with a richly coloured Iranian rug with chenille cushions piled on top. Other fine Oriental rugs, Heriz and Tabriz, cover the floor and tables.

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Wednesday - Sunday 12.00 - 17.00

Holiday Closing
Closed Wed 25, Thur 26 Dec 2013 and Wed 01 Jan 2014


20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7435 2002
Fax: +44 (0)20 7431 5452
Email: [email protected]

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Admission Charges

Adults: £6.00
Senior Citizens: £4.50
Concessions: £3.00 (Students with valid ID cards, children aged 12-16, UK unemployed persons - with proof, disabled persons).
Children under 12: Free


Library & Archive

The reference library specializes in the history, theory and culture of psychoanalysis. Research is free of charge. For an appointment, please contact [email protected]

Photo Library

The photo library contains historic photographs of Freud and his family, his colleagues, his house and collection. Contact [email protected]


The education service caters for groups from schools and universities at times when the museum is closed to the public.

Private Hire

The museum is the perfect venue for cockatil parties, dinners and receptions. Find out more here:

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