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More than 90,000 visitors: 2015 record year at the Sigmund Freud Museum

Further increase on 2014 record number

The Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna received a total of 91,322 visitors in 2015 – more than ever before. The second record year in succession after 2014, with 84,293 visitors, that’s more than an 8% increase over the previous year.

Director Monika Pessler: “These high figures are proof of the importance of the Sigmund Freud Museum and the still growing interest in Sigmund Freud’s work and the history of his influence to this day: that is gratifying and also a nice confirmation of our exhibition and science programme. However, the large number of visitors is equally a challenge, one that is becoming almost impossible to meet: we can hardly expect our staff and international visitors to put up with the confined exhibition space and inadequate, outdated service facilities any more. At busy times, visitors sometimes have to wait up to an hour on the stairs to get into the Museum, and we still haven’t got barrier-free access.”

“With so many visitors, the exhibition space of 280 square metres is stretched beyond capacity. Our plan is therefore to add Freud’s private apartment to the exhibition space, thus increasing it to 400 square metres, which would also allow us to house the library appropriately on the first floor”, says Peter Nömaier, Commercial Director of the Museum. “We hope that the government and the city of Vienna will support the concepts that we have submitted as we are unable to pay for the necessary conversion, including the new Museum concept, out of our own funds.”

The Museum in Berggasse is operated by the independent Sigmund Freud Foundation and receives a basic subsidy of EUR 270,000 per annum from the city of Vienna for day-to-day operation and additional project funds from public bodies. The lion’s share of revenue, however, comes from Museum admissions, sponsoring and private donations: altogether, the Museum is thus just under 75% self-financing.


The Sigmund Freud Museum

 
Since 1971, the Sigmund Freud Museum has been welcoming visitors at Berggasse 19 in Vienna’s ninth district. Here is where Sigmund Freud lived and worked for 47 years until he was driven into exile in 1938. In the meantime, Berggasse 19 has become one of the world’s most famous addresses: it is where the founder of psychoanalysis produced almost all of his writings. Pioneering works such as “The Interpretation of Dreams” and “Totem and Taboo” were written in the study. Today these rooms in the typical late-nineteenth century house are open to the public, and they attract 80,000 – 90,000 visitors per year.

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Contact: Peter Noemaier, p.noemaier@freud-museum.at, +43-1-319 15 96-21
 
Sigmund Freud Museum, 1090 Vienna - Austria, Berggasse 19
Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
www.freud-museum.at

 

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