The Freud Museum was the home of Sigmund Freud’s family after their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938.
Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who founded psychoanalysis, a method for treating mental health issues through dialogue between a patient and their analyst. He lived and worked in Vienna, having set up his clinical practice there in the late 19th century. In the late '30s, Freud left Austria to flee from the Nazis. He died in the United Kingdom a year later.
The house remained the family home until Anna, the youngest daughter, died in 1982. The remarkable centrepiece, Sigmund’s study, has his collection of almost 2,000 antiquities, including his psychoanalytical couch. The family’s effects, brought from Vienna, include Biedermeier furniture and 18th and 19th century Austrian pieces. The house is filled with memories of Anna’s 44 year residency, developing her pioneering psychoanalytical work with children.
Don't miss seeing Freud’s study, desk, and iconic couch, the centrepiece of the museum’s exhibits.