Freud Museum
Freud Museum
20 Maresfield Gardens was the London home of the founder of modern psychoanalytical method, Sigmund Freud and his family after their escape from Austria in 1938. The library and study, where Freud worked, have been preserved exactly as they were during his lifetime.
In 1938 Freud, his wife Martha, and daughter Anna escaped from Austria, fleeing the German invasion. They came to London because the Freud's's son Ernst was working there as an architect. They briefly stayed in a house on Elsworthy Road before moving to Maresfield Gardens, a relatively recent Queen Anne style house, built in 1920. Freud set up his psychoanalysis practice, and completed his manuscript for the book Moses and Monotheism.

Sigmund Freud died after only a year, but Anna Freud lived on at the same house until her death in 1982. Ana expressed the wish that the house be turned into a museum after her death, and her wishes were carried out; the museum opened its doors to the public in 1986.

What to See
The house contain's Freud's extensive collection of antiquities, and exhibits related to the work of Anna Freud. The most famous of all the exhibits must surely be Freud's couch, where his pyschoanalysis patients relaxed during sessions. This is the same couch used by Freud in his practice in Vienna, when he evolved his method of 'free association'; asking patients to say whatever came into their minds. Aside from the couch, there are Austrian country furniture pieces, a large collection of Oriental, Greek, Egyptian, and Roman antique objects, and a portrait of Freud by Salvador Dali.

Anna Freud kept her father's library and study just as they were during the final year of his life, with his favourite books on display, and a number of family photographs.

The ground floor of the house holds the study, library, and family dining room. On the first floor is a display area hosting temporary exhibits of art and Freud-related topics. Anna Freud's room is also open to view, but several other rooms in the house have been converted to office space and are closed to visitors.

Behind the house is a lovely garden, loved by both Sigmund and Anna Freud. The garden has been maintained much as Sigmund would have known it, down to the smallest detail. Anna Freud's trowel sits beside a terracotta flower pot, and most of the plants are those planted by the family when they first came to London.

The museum hosts a regular programme of events, lectures, and seminars, and maintains a large archive of material on the Freud family.

Visiting
The nearest tube station is Finchley Road. There is a charge for entry, and the museum is open throughout the year, though usually closed over the Christmas holidays. A very short walk away, at the corner of Fitzjohns Avenue and Belsize Lane, is a statue of Freud, sculpted by Oscar Nemon, unveiled by Anna Freud in 1971.