Viktor Frankl Museum
The world's first Viktor Frankl Museum in Vienna is small but mighty. The famous Viennese doctor and philosopher himself lived in the same house that now accommodates the museum from the end of the Second World War until his death in 1997. The museum was opened in March 2015, when the Holocaust survivor Viktor E. Frankl would have turned 110 years old.
Frankl's interest in psychoanalysis was awakened early on. Inspired by participating in a series of lectures called "Introduction to Psychoanalysis", the 15 year-old Viktor Frankl wrote an article entitled "On mimic affirmation and denial from the perspective of psychoanalysis". He sent this essay to none other than Sigmund Freud in person. The latter was so taken by the young Frankl that he had the article printed in his periodical Psychoanalysis. After Freud and Adler, Viktor Frankl's thinking was considered to be the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy".
Visitors can go on a search for clues through the life, work and creativity of the founder of logotherapy. There is an active debate with personal sensory and existential questions (e.g. "Guilty - what next?" or "True love?"), which is answered with Frankl's theses and talks. This opens up a personal way for the visitors to find a sense of purpose. The interactive stops consists of turn boards, audio and video excerpts as well as boxes behind which questions and answers are located.
The exhibition is arranged in English/German. The guided tours are given by people trained in logotherapy and are only available outside opening hours.
What's more, fans of psychoanalysis will also find the Sigmund Freud Museum not far from the Viktor Frankl Museum.