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Sigmund Freud Museum | Austria | Europe

[Visited: December 2005]

Right in the house where he used to live, you can now find the Sigmund Freud Museum. Born in what is now Czech Republic, Freud spent many years in this house in Vienna. It gives a great opportunity not only to enter his house and see the rooms he used for his practice, but it also allows you to learn more about the man who had such a great influence on the field of psychoanalysis, and who laid the basis for many theories still used today.

Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Sigmund Freud: one of his original name plates

When you walk into Berggasse, it seems like you are entering any regular street in a quiet neighbourhood in Vienna. Then, on one side of the street, you will spot a house sign in the colours of the Austrian flag, and right there, at number 19, you have to go through one of the large doors typical of many Viennese houses. After walking up to the first floor, you have to ring a bell, and the museum will be opened for you. You are inside the house of Sigmund Freud, where he lived until he went into exile in London in 1938 after the Gestapo searched this same house. Some of the rooms on the streetside of the museum are often used for exhibitions.

Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Sigmund Freud: stairs leading up to his former house and museum

Just through the museum shop, which is actually mostly filled with books by and about Sigmund Freud, you will come to what used to be the entrance of the house, still very much how it looked like when he abandoned the house. After that, you will see the waiting room, and that is where the real museum starts. You will find part of his large collection of items from all over the world, before entering the room where Freud conducted his analyses. Unfortunately, the famous couch that Freud used, has never left London after his death, but you can see many old pictures, fragments of newspapers, letters, diplomas, small possessions, and many more things.

Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Items used by Sigmund Freud: hats, hanger and cane
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Mirror view in Sigmund Freud museum
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Entrance of Sigmund Freud museum, still largely in its original state
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Items used by Sigmund Freud
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Suitcase of Sigmund Freud with initials S.F.
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Some of the pictures in Sigmund Freud museum
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Sculpture of Sigmund Freud in his museum
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Looking into some of the rooms of the Sigmund Freud museum
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Waiting room with chairs in practice of Dr. Sigmund Freud
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): Sigmund Freud: entrance of his practice
Picture of Sigmund Freud Museum (Austria): House of Sigmund Freud seen from outside - Berggasse 19

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