The Sigmund Freud Museum is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. It is located in Berggasse 19, Vienna, where Freud lived and worked for 47 years before he had to flee from the Nazis in 1938. The museum was founded in 1971 and extensively renovated and expanded in 2020. It displays all of the family’s private rooms as well as Sigmund and Anna Freud’s practices. The museum also features permanent and temporary exhibitions on the development of psychoanalysis, the Freud family life and the history of the house, as well as a collection of conceptual art that explores the connections between psychoanalysis and the arts.
The Sigmund Freud Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on December 24th and January 1st. The admission fee is 14 euros for adults, 12 euros for students and seniors, 4 euros for children under 18, and free for children under 6. There are also special rates for groups and families. Tickets can be purchased online or at the museum’s ticket office. The museum also offers guided tours for groups and individuals, as well as audio guides in several languages.
To get to the Sigmund Freud Museum, you can take the subway line U2 or U4 to Schottentor station, or the tram lines 37, 38, 40, 41 or 42 to Schwarzspanierstraße station. The museum is about a 10-minute walk from either station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or use a bike-sharing service.
Some tips for visiting the Sigmund Freud Museum are:
- Plan at least an hour to explore the museum and its exhibitions.
- Check the museum’s website for current events and special offers.
- Visit the museum’s café for refreshments and exclusive wines from Vienna.
- Browse through the museum’s shop for souvenirs and books related to Freud and psychoanalysis.
- Respect the prohibitions of photography, smoking, eating and drinking inside the museum.
Some highlights of what to see at the Sigmund Freud Museum are:
- The couch where Freud’s patients lay down during their sessions.
- The original furniture and personal belongings of Freud and his family.
- The video installation EYES | OCHI by L., which shows Freud’s eyes looking at visitors.
- The exhibition Analysis Interminable: Psychoanalytical Schools after Freud, which introduces five contemporary psychoanalytic schools.
- The exhibition Organized Escape: Psychoanalysts in Exile, which tells the story of Freud and his colleagues who fled from Nazi persecution.