Freud Museum (Vienna)

Freud Museum (Vienna)


Berggasse 19
Tel. 01- 319 1596
Subway: Schottentor
Open: 9am- 5pm daily


Description of the Freud Museum

Freud Museum is a former residence of father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud. It was both his house and a office. Famous doctor moved here in 1891 when it was just completed. Most of the works that made him famous were made within these walls. Freud was forced to abandon his residence in 1938 when citizen of Jewish ancestors started feeling the heat from the discriminatory laws set by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi government. He moved to London, Great Britain. In 1971 a museum was opened here. It holds items that were used by Freud as well as a library with over 35,000 volumes. Additionally there is a Sigmund Freud Foundation attached to the museum.


The museum is located in Berggasse 19 in Vienna's ninth district (Alsergrund). Here Freud lived and worked from 1891 to 1938. In 1891 he moved into a new building with his family. The old building was home to politician Victor Adler before it has been demolished. After the "Anschluss" of Austria to the German Reich Freud had to emigrate in 1938 because of his Jewish descent with his daughter Anna Freud to London, where he died a year later. When emigrating, Marie Bonaparte helped him; Freud could take all his furniture with him.

In the rooms in which he lived for 47 years and wrote most of his writings, a documentation of his life and work can be seen since Freud museum has opened in 1971. Changing special exhibitions and a collection of modern art show the influence of psychoanalysis on art and society. The museum consists of Freud's former practice and part of his then private apartment. Attached is a library that is Europe's largest study library for psychoanalysis with 35,000 volumes, and the research institute of the Sigmund Freud Private Foundation, founded in 2003. Since 2002, the Freud museum has been operating a showroom for contemporary art (since 2014 under the title Schauraum Berggasse 19) in a room on the ground floor of the building where until 1938 the headquarters of the kosher butchery Siegmund Kornmehl was located. In this exhibition space, which can only be viewed through the glazed window front, installations of contemporary artists and Freud and psychoanalysis topics have since been interchanged at irregular intervals. To date, works by Joseph Kosuth, Louise Bourgeois, Monika Sosnowska, Ernesto Neto, Joan Jonas, Clegg & Guttmann, Franz West, Peter Kogler, Susan Hefuna and Markus Schinwald have been on show.

Original pieces from Freud's estate can be seen in the museum as well as the practice's waiting room and some pieces from Freud's extensive collection of ancient works of art, mostly small statues. However, the majority of the earlier facility with the famous couch is located in what is now the Freud Museum in London, where Anna Freud lived until her death in 1982.

In addition to Vienna and London, since 2006 there is a third Freud Museum in Příbor (Freiberg in Moravia) in today's Czech Republic. There the birthplace of Sigmund Freud was opened to the public.

The Museum in der Berggasse was opened in 1971 by the Sigmund Freud Society in the presence of Freud's youngest daughter Anna Freud. Significantly involved in the foundation was the Viennese psychoanalyst Harald Leupold-Löwenthal. In 1996, an extension was made, which made special exhibition and event space possible. In 2003, the museum was incorporated into the Sigmund Freud Private Foundation, whose chairman is Rudolf Dirisamer. In 2006, the City of Vienna incorporated the entire Berggasse 19 building into the Foundation, in order to lay the foundation for the expansion and opening of all Freud-occupied space for the Museum. The financing of this project is still open.

Director of the museum was Inge Scholz-Strasser from 1996 to 2013; since then the post was taken by Monika Pessler. From 1992 until her death in 2008, historian Lydia Marinelli worked at the Sigmund Freud Museum. The museum hosts the Sigmund Freud Lecture, which has been held every year since 1970 on May 6, Freud's birthday. Prominent psychoanalysts speak here about current topics. This lecture was founded by the Sigmund Freud Society and is now continued by the Sigmund Freud Private Foundation. It now takes place at changing venues in Vienna.

In 2017, the Freud museum recorded 106,315 visits. In 2016, 103,722 visits were reported. In 2015, there were 91,322, in 2014 84,293 visits.

By 2020, the entire first floor of the building is to be made accessible to visitors through a redesign of the museum, including the part of Freud's former apartment, which has not previously been accessible. Of the budgeted € 3.9 million in 2017, 2.5 million will be financed by the City of Vienna.