Situated in Sigmund Freud’s former family residence in Hampstead, London, the Freud Museum houses a collection of personal items, antiques, documents, and even the iconic chair owned by the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Exhibits reveal Freud’s pathway toward developing psychoanalysis, considered the predecessor to modern psychology. By far, the most famous attraction within the museum is Freud’s psychoanalytic couch where all his patients once reclined. Visitors will also notice many fine Oriental rugs including styles such, Heriz and Tabriz covering the floors and tables, which is a unique design choice one has to see to truly feel Freud’s presence.
Considered the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud came from a family of Jewish wool merchants originally from Freiberg, Moravia (present-day Příbor, Czech Republic). Freud spent most of his life in Vienna where he studied, started a family, and explored the motivations behind human behavior. Although not a religious man himself, Freud couldn’t ignore the growing Anti-Semitism in Europe and the advancement of the Nazi regime. Freud and his family arrived in London as refugees fleeing Austria in 1938, narrowly escaping Nazi persecution. The museum served as Freud’s former residence where he lived with his family until the death of his daughter, Anna, in 1982.