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“Should be better” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Sigmund Freud Museum

Sigmund Freud Museum
Berggasse 19, Vienna A-1090, Austria (Serviten Quarter)
+43 4313 191596
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Freud's former home contains numerous documents and photographs from throughout the famous psychologist's life.
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“Should be better”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

It's heartbreaking to give this museum a poor review, but for such a giant in his field, this museum should be bigger and better in a lot of ways. I liked the waiting room and the tiny gift shop but the rest of the collection was just key items (mostly books) in the life of Freud. It actually made me realize that a museum should be much more than a bunch of things about a person or topic.

They are trying hard here, and I respect and appreciate that. But overall, I feel like everyone coming through the door is expecting more.

One of the other reviews said "worth a quick stop." I agree. Don't miss it, but set aside just an hour for it.

Visited May 2012
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“Go only if you are a big fan of Freud”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

I dragged my husband to this museum as I got my degree in psychology and I found Freud very interesting. The museum is pretty far a way from the normal tourist sites so public transportation is a must. There isn't much in the way of actual Freud family artifacts to see. They have plenty of papers and documents lining the walls of the various rooms but you don't get a good picture of how Freud and his family lived. They do have some pieces of Freud's furniture on display but they do not have his infamous couch. They had a couch sitting out in one room but it is not the real deal which some visitors seemed unaware of. All in all, it's a bit confusing and hard to get a picture of how the Freuid family lived which is what I had been hoping to see. I wanted to get a picture of the man behind all the psychology and this place didn't really deliver. It is worth a quick visit for those who have a great interest in Freud and his collections. I wouldn't bother if you only have a passing interest or just want to see where an historical figure once lived. It's not worth the price and effort getting here unless you are a big fan of Freud.

Visited December 2011
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“Worth a quick stop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

There are so many museums in Vienna that this one should not be high on your list, but it's OK for what it is, which is just a fairly small collection of Freud artifacts.
The museum itself notes that most of its activity is to provide a center for research.
The exhibits themselves are well-organized and catalogued, and there are some interesting pieces, including the famous couch.
I was somewhat less excited by items such as his glasses, but to each his own, and at least they're preserved here. If you're a psychiatrist or psychologist, this museum would surely be of some interest. If not, I am not sure I would take the time, but if you are in the area, why not?

Visited May 2012
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“A real waste of time...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Instead of reconstructing Freud's office and the famous couch room, this museum is a rather unedited exhibition of documents and stuff from Freud's apartment collected and mounted on the walls of the different rooms without any relation to where they used to be when he actually lived there.
Visitors get a rather weird old binder with description of various artifacts according to the numerical indicator next to each exhibit. This means you walk with this silly binder from room to room and have to navigate the binder to read short descriptions of what you are looking at.
Don’t get me wrong, the artifacts in his house are interesting, a letter from the Nazi authorities is one such interesting exhibit. However, the artifacts’ significance is hard to enjoy in the sea of information that one has to browse through to get to the description of the object. This museum is more like an archive mounted on a wall with a (badly made) catalogue, rather than a themed museum. A shame really, as it is hard to spend more than 20 minutes in this place.
The binder should have been of better quality and with pictures, so that one may purchase it as a souvenir. It should have been organized by room and not by exhibit. The rooms themselves should have been organized as they were, even if that meant putting some replicas of lost items marked as such, and at the entrance to each room it would have been nice to see a picture of what it looked during Freud’s life. Only the entrance hall, the least interesting part of Freud’s clinic is arranged as it was.
Vienna does not use Freud’s tourist appeal at all. There are practically no Freud souvenirs, no Freud shirts and no real museum that helps you understand Freud or his revolutionary contribution to healthcare.

Visited May 2012
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“It felt so real that I felt like I was intruding.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We really enjoyed visiting Sigmund Freud's Vienna Apartment. Apparently, he also had one in London. We saw his waiting room and his collection of artifacts. There were also several signed documents and books. His birth certificate was particularly interesting.

Visited April 2012
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