The Freud Museum Essay

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The Freud Museum


The Freud museum is a small ‘house museum’ which was formerly the home of Sigmund Freud
and his family when they escaped the Nazi annexation of Austria. Thus Nazi persecution of
Freud led to the extraordinary environment in which he had developed his epoch-making
theories being transported, in its entirety, from Vienna to London. It remained the family
home until his daughter Anna Freud (1895-1982) died, and it was her wish that the house
should become a museum to commemorate her father’s life and work. The Museum was opened in
1986.


The museum contains: Ground floor: Freud’s library (where it is interesting to notice
Shakespeare’s, Goethe’s, Haines’s and Multatoli’s books in his bookshelf’s), his study and
consulting room (where we can see his original analytic couch and a remarkable collection
of antiquities). Freud collected thousands of antiquities during his life from ancient
Egypt, Greece and Rome, as well as Buddhist and Daoist objects from China and the Far
East. These objects not only refer back to the religion, mythology and social life of the
cultures, which created them. Freud was himself working during the heyday of ‘heroic’
archaeology (remember Indiana Jones) and he likened his psychological procedures to the
work of archaeology. Also on the ground floor it’s the Conservatory & dining room that
looks out onto the garden (which was designed by his architect son Ernst.), the kitchen,
the Hall, the scullery, the WC, the entrance lobby and finally the shop (located in what
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