The life and work of the globally renowned Sigmund Freud – the man known as the father of psychoanalysis – can be explored by visitors to London during their stay in the capital.
Located at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, the Freud Museum London is the former home of Freud and his family after they fled the Nazis following the annexation of Austria in 1938. It remained the family home until Freud’s youngest daughter, Anna, passed away in 1982; after which time the property became devoted to the life and works of her father.
Maintained just as it was during his lifetime, the museum continues to present an unadulterated insight into the daily life of this influential figure.
The walls of the property are still lined with Freud’s extensive library of books, while his famed psychoanalytic couch – on which countless patients reclined over the years – remains in prime position in the study, complete with a richly coloured Iranian rug covering and chenille cushions, making it an extremely comfortable piece of furniture.
Indeed, the Freud’s were extremely lucky to have been able to bring with them much of their belongings when they fled Austria, meaning the property is filled with a stunning collection of antiquities, including several sublime 18th and 19th century Biedermeier chests, tables and cupboards.
Today, the museum not only provides insight into Freud’s daily life, it also offers the chance for visitors to learn more about his groundbreaking research.
This includes a full history of the inception and development of psychoanalysis, drawing on the works of both Sigmund and his daughter Anna, who were both influential names in the field in their own right.
A large library of images and photographs chronicling the work carried out by the pair is available for visitors to the museum to enjoy, while a large collection of documents and publications continue to be utilised by researchers from around the world, with the full support of the museum’s curators.
A lively schedule of conferences and events are also regularly put on at the museum, with a full calendar of upcoming sessions available via the museum’s own website.
These include a busy education service that is open to schools and other educational establishments, with organised tours of the museum arranged to help students understand the far-reaching influence that Freud’s work had and continues to have in psychiatric circles.
A range of workshops based solely on the life and works of Anna Freud was also opened by the museum in 2014, with the aim of highlighting Anna’s principles and techniques to help children develop positive approaches to their mental and emotional wellbeing.
Open on Wednesdays to Sundays between the hours of 12pm and 5pm, admission to the museum costs £7 for adults, £5 for seniors and £4 for concessions (including students and children aged 12 to 16). Children under 12 are welcome to enter for free.
Visitors can reach the museum via the local Underground station of Finchley Road, either via the Jubilee or Metropolitan lines. In addition, public transport services include the 13, 82, 113, 187 and 268 buses, which all stop near Finchley Road also.
From there, the museum can be reached by leaving left out of the Underground station, followed by a left turn at Natwest Bank up Trinity Walk and at the top of this street lies Maresfield Gardens.