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You may wonder why there is a museum in London to celebrate the father of psychoanalysis who was from Austria? It's because he also lived here in London with his family during the last year of his life. It was in 1938, as a jew, Freud was escaping Nazi annexation of Austria and came to London via Paris. There, he stayed for a short while at 39, Elsworthy Road before moving to 20 Maresfield Gardens, where the museum is situated today.
Although, he died a year later in this house, his daughter Anna Freud continued to stay there until her death in 1982. It was her wish that after her death, the place would be converted into a museum. It was opened to the public in July 1986.
Freud continued to work in London and it was here that he completed his book Moses and Monotheism. He also maintained his practice in this home and saw a number of his patients for analysis. The Freuds were able to move all of their furniture and household effects to London.
The centerpiece of the museum is the couch brought from Vienna on which his patients were asked to say everything that came to their mind without consciously selecting information, named the free association technique by him. The house contains also Freud's remarkable collection of antiquities: Egyptian; Greek; Roman and Oriental. You'll be able to admire the walls lined up with shelves containing Freud's large library.
There are temporary exhibitions which host alternate contemporary art and Freud-themed exhibitions.