Berggasse 19 - Vienna
This is the address of psychoanalysis - where Freud worked and lived with his family for almost 50 years (1891-1938) and wrote his complete works. His daughter, Anna Freud, also worked there as a children's psychoanalyst (1925-1938). The flat, built in 1881, was donated by her and has been "The Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna" since 1971.
Among its major exhibits, there are several personal possessions of his, the original furniture of the waiting room, a section of his antiques collection, a 25-minute video showing some of the Freud family's private moments (1930-1939).
It comprises several facilities: exhibition rooms, a video room, a shop, a psychoanalytic library that is one of the largest in Europe, an archive, etc.
The museum is also an establishment for scientific research, international events and special exhibitions. It is maintained by "The Sigmund Freud Society" and receives financial support from the "Association of the Friends of The Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna".
This memorial site provides its visitors with a biographic background of the founder of psychoanalysis, his cultural environment and his personal circle.
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Forced to leave Austria, which was incorporated into the German Reich (1938), Freud lived in exile with his family at this address, in Hampstead. Anna Freud continued her psychoanalytic work with children and lived there for 40 years. She died in 1982.
The house became, as Anna had wished, a museum to honor her father and it is now a cultural and research center. Besides Freud's well preserved library and study, his psychoanalytic couch and his antiques collection of two thousand items, there is a bookstore with titles on Freud's life and psychoanalysis. The displays also include a portrait of Sigmund Freud by Salvador Dali (1938).
For more information go to:
Sigmund Freud Year 2006: 150-Year Anniversary Celebration
(text from Virtual Vienna.net)
Freud Year 2006 will commemorate the 150th birthday of Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), the founder of psychoanalysis and an internationally renowned scientist of the 20th century. Austrian President, Dr. Heinz Fischer, has assumed the patronage for Freud Year 2006. The Sigmund Freud Foundation will celebrate the commemorative year by staging a wide range of different activities as well as international joint projects in the fields of culture, art, music and science.
The Starting Point for Freud Year 2006 Berggasse 19 is certainly one of the most famous addresses in the world. This is where Sigmund Freud worked and lived with his family from 1891 to 1938. This typical late 19th century Viennese apartment house now houses the Sigmund Freud Museum, which is recognized worldwide as a unique historical location. Since its opening in 1971, the internationally acclaimed private museum has drawn nearly 1.2 million visitors to date. Despite the rather remote location of the museum, more than 65,000 people visit each year and are convincing testimony to the unabated interest of the largely international public in Sigmund Freud and his life and works.
Visitor numbers have increased from 8,171 in 1971 to an impressive total of 66,000 in 2005. Thus, in 2005, there were 270 visitors per square meter (!) in the 245 m² of space devoted to the permanent exhibition. In addition to the extensive administration and organization required, this also places a taxing load on the rooms in the museum, which has resulted in a great deal of wear and tear on the parquet flooring, as just one example. The condition of the individual exhibits also suffers by such a large number of visitors.
The exhibition concept for the permanent collection dates from 1986 and urgently needs to be revised and reorganized to satisfy the demands of a more contemporary museum concept. Equally as urgent is the expansion of the museum through the integration of other historical rooms, which currently house – also in very cramped quarters – the library, the archive and the academic department. The historical rooms include Freud’s first practice on the raised ground floor, in which the head office and the administration offices can currently be found. Plans have been made to move these offices to other rooms in the building at Berggasse 19. The aim is to make Freud’s entire living area and practice accessible to the public in the form of a permanent exhibition.
Despite its own financial coverage of more than fifty percent, the Sigmund Freud Foundation still lacks the funds required for the renovation and reorganization of the exhibition rooms, not to mention expanding to other rooms for changing exhibitions and events. While, thanks to the support of The City of Vienna, the Republic of Austria and private sponsors, it was possible to convert Sigmund Freud’s formerly private quarters into a multifunctional event hall in 1996, cultural or academic events can only be held there during the museum’s opening hours or after closing time in the evening.
In addition to expanding and renovating the entire museum area, the Sigmund Freud Private Foundation has also set itself the goal of building up the research institute.
For more information go to: Sigmund Freud´s 150 birthday