In an industrial school
The Van Eesteren Museum at the Burgemeester de Vlugtlaan 125 opened its doors in October 2010. The building was built in 1966 as the third municipal home and industrial school under commission of the Town Planning Department of the City of Amsterdam. Above the main entrance of the building, which now gives access to the creative “breeding ground” De Vlugt, one can see a brick tablet with playing children. The piece of art, called ‘school figures’, was made by artist and professor Harry op de Laak and placed in 1967.
Information and starting point
The indoor museum is the information site about the culture-historical legacy of Van Eesteren and the starting point for supervised walks and excursions. Changing exhibitions are continuously on display. The museum also serves as reception room and information centre where you can consult books and documents about the work of Van Eesteren and the Garden Cities. There is a small shop where books and walking and biking maps are on sale. Coffee and tea are being served at the counter.
Permanent and changing exhibitions
Besides a changing exhibition, there is a permanent exhibition about the life and work of Cornelis van Eesteren (1897-1988). Subjects like the new way of building, the creation of roads, green zones and water works in New-West, style characteristics and Good Living are displayed on panels. The photographs and drawings on the panels provide a good image of the emergence of New West and life in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Residential Areas General Extension Plan
Cornelis van Eesteren developed the General Extension Plan (Algemeen Uitbreidingsplan or AUP) in 1934. The residential areas that were created after the war on the basis of this plan are: Bos en Lommer, Slotermeer, Geuzenveld, Slotervaart, Overtoomse Veld, Osdorp (Western Garden Cities in Amsterdam West), Buitenveldert (Amsterdam South), Tuindorp Frankendaal, Amsteldorp, Fizeaubuurt, Tuinstad Middenmeer (Amsterdam East), Banne Buiksloot, Nieuwendam Noord, Plan van Gool and the Molenwijk (Amsterdam North).
Thus far, the Van Eesterenmuseum has developed exhibitions and activities for Slotermeer, Geuzenveld, Slotervaart, Overtoomse Veld, Osdorp and Buitenveldert.