The Project Sigmund Freud Museum 2020 comprises the following measures:
- Renovation of Berggasse 19
- Barrier-free access to the museum and library
- Reorganisation and extension of the museum to cover a surface of 400 m² (4,300 sq. ft)
Assistance from the Government and from the City of Vienna for renovation and reorganisation of the Sigmund Freud Museum was pledged by the Austrian Minister of Culture Thomas Drozda and Vienna City Councillor for Cultural Affairs Andreas Mailath-Pokorny on 20 April.
The total costs of the “Sigmund Freud Museum 2020” project amount to just under 4 million euros and will be financed jointly out of public funds and by the Sigmund Freud Foundation: the Government is supporting the project with 844,000 euros, the City is contributing 1.69 million euros, and the Sigmund Freud Foundation will finance 1.4 million euros from its own and external funds.
The Sigmund Freud Foundation is looking for additional assistance to fund the remaining project costs that need to be financed by private sponsors and will soon be providing details of the numerous options available to you to be a part of carrying out this unique project.
Among other things, the renovation will include restoring the façade from the Gründerzeit period to its original condition. New cloakrooms, sanitary facilities, and a Museum café will ensure international museum standards for the more than 100,000 visitors every year. A lift will enable barrier-free access to the public rooms. The renovation work and preliminary work that this will involve will commence straight away and is planned to be finished by 2020.
Among other things, the new Museum concept provides access to the private rooms of the Freud family for the first time. In what was once Freud’s office, modern museum facilities along with the original furnishings of the entrance area and waiting room will provide information about the principles of psychoanalysis. Core themes of psychoanalytic practice are displayed in Freud’s treatment room. The empty space left by Freud’s couch since his flight into exile in London is “occupied” in such a way as to symbolise the losses written by our history.
In a balanced and appropriate blend of “revival of historical aspects & modern education” the aim is to showcase the diverse aspects of this extraordinary cultural site and subject them to critical scrutiny.