Sigmund Freud's study in the newly renovated Sigmund Freud Museum
© Hertha Hurnaus/Sigmund Freud Privatstiftung

Reopening of the Sigmund Freud Museum

Berggasse 19, Vienna, Alsergrund. If you're on the trail of Sigmund Freud, you'll come here – to the birthplace of psychoanalysis. And just like his patients did over 100 years ago, you'll also stand downstairs at the door and ring the bell on the door of the world-famous professor. The moment you step inside, it becomes clear that the Sigmund Freud Museum is no ordinary memorial site. It is a place that preserves Freud's spirit to this day. But it also serves as a warning about the loss of culture and humanity under the terror regime of National Socialism.

Sigmund Freud lived and worked in this classic Viennese tenement block built at the height of the Gründerzeit for almost half a century, from 1891 to 1938. The family moved constantly between different floors during these years. His great works ("The Interpretation of Dreams", "Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis", "The Ego and the Id" and many others) were created here. It was right here, in the waiting room of his surgery, that his famous psychological Wednesday meetings (the first psychoanalytical working group) took place. Berggasse 19 is and remains Sigmund Freud's home and legacy. After the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany, Freud had to flee in June 1938 and spent the last year of his life in London. Severely ill with cancer, he took his own life with an overdose of morphine, assisted by a doctor he had become friends with. Freud was 83 years old.

Sigmund Freud Museum 2.0 in 2020

For the first time since the museum was established in 1971, all of Freud's private rooms have been made accessible to visitors. The remodeling has seen the exhibition area almost double in size. The great psychoanalyst can be experienced as never before on an area of approx. 550 m².

The new foyer serves as the starting point for the visit: it accommodates the ticket desk as well as the museum shop and a café. From now on, the former first surgery of Freud on the mezzanine will be used for the contemporary art collection. Once on the mezzanine, you can choose between the private rooms (left) or the surgery (right). Remember to ring the bell! The first floor is dedicated to science: here, you'll find the "Library of Psychoanalysis" with more than 40,000 works and the Sigmund Freud Archive. The second, new stairway showcases the history of the building itself. For example, the apartments were used by the Nazis as collective apartments for Jews. A total of 79 people were housed here until their final deportation.

Giving the rooms space

The life of the Freud family is reconstructed on the basis of historic photographs and offers an insight into how the rooms were used. And it is these very rooms that a visit to the museum focuses on. The floors, the doors and doorhandles, the closet, the stairwell, the view into the planted inner courtyard. On a visit to the Sigmund Freud Museum, you'll stroll quite literally in Freud's footsteps. The original retained layout allows you to authentically experience Sigmund Freud's place of work.

Three newly designed permanent exhibitions, an art presentation in the exhibition room at Berggasse 19 and a special exhibition convey Freud's diverse cultural heritage – they are dedicated to his life and work, the development of psychoanalysis in theory and practice, and their significance for the areas of society and art. The history of the building at Berggasse 19 and the eventful destinies of all its residents from 1880 to today are brought into focus.

Freud Contemporary

Alongside original objects, images and photographs on the life and work of Sigmund Freud, the museum also houses its own collection of conceptual art. The art collection was initiated in the mid-1990s by the American concept artist Joseph Kosuth. In Freud's first surgery on the mezzanine, works by world-famous artists such as John Baldessari, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Susan Hiller, Ilya Kabakov, and Franz West can be seen.

Sigmund Freud Museum

Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • Free audio guides in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
        via cafe/shop
    • Elevator available
      • 120 cm wide and 140 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Gallery above the cafe only possible via the staircase

add to my travel plan

 

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