The Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna is a museum founded in 1971 covering Sigmund Freud’s life story. It is located in the Alsergrund district, at Berggasse 19. In 2003 the museum was put in the hands of the newly established Sigmund Freud Foundation, which has since received the entire building as an endowment. It also covers the history of psychoanalysis.
The building was newly built in 1891 when Freud moved there. The previous building on the site, once the home of Victor Adler, had been torn down.
His old rooms, where he lived for 47 years and produced the majority of his writings, now house a documentary centre to his life and works. The influence of psychoanalysis on art and society is displayed through a program of special exhibitions and a modern art collection.
The museum consists of Freud’s former practice and a part of his old private quarters. Attached to the museum are Europe’s largest psychoanalytic research library, with 35,000 volumes, and the research institute of the Sigmund Freud Foundation.
The display includes original items owned by Freud, the practice’s waiting room, and parts of Freud’s extensive antique collection. However his famous couch is now in the Freud Museum in London, along with most of the original furnishings, as Freud was able to take his furniture with him when he emigrated. A third Freud Museum, after London and Vienna, was started in the Czech town of Příbor in 2006 when the house of his birth was opened to the public.
The museum contains an archive of images containing around two thousand documents, mostly photographs, but also paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The collection consists of almost all of the existing photos of Sigmund Freud and his family, a large number of photos of Anna Freud and photos from psychoanalytic congresses etc.
Since 1971, the Sigmund Freud Museum has been welcoming visitors in Sigmund Freud’s former office and apartment. Formerly a room of commemoration, the Sigmund Freud Museum has developed into a tourist attraction with more than 80,000 visitors per year and a place of debate and discussion with research and education projects, scientific events and Europe’s largest library on Psychoanalysis. The museum is operated by the “Sigmund Freud Privatstiftung” since 2003.