Experience the 1950s
Museum houses abound along the canals of central Amsterdam, but in Slotermeer you can also find a slice of Amsterdam life in the 1950s. On Freek Oxstraat in New West you can experience how people lived in a modern family house in the 1950s. Heating with a coal stove, calling with ‘a big bakelite apparatus’ and cooking in a Bruynzeel-kitchen. The model house has been fully decorated in accordance with the principles of the ‘Stichting Goed Wonen’. The Stichting (Association for Good Living) was created after the Second World-War, and brought together idealistic architects, designers, manufacturers, shopkeepers and consumers who strived for a type of home furnishing in which each family member could optimally develop.
The Van Eesteren Museum House in Slotermeer was opened in October 2012, when the district existed exactly 60 years. The establishment of the Museum House represents an example of the new trend towards cooperation, recycling and sharing.
Together with housing corporation ‘de Alliantie’ the residence has been refurbished to its original state. Its furnishings and interiors were donated by local residents and other interested people. Volunteers helped to restore the goods, and to clean and decorate the house. The result is a museum house of and for us all.
Visit the Van Eesteren Museum House
The Van Eesteren Museum in Amsterdam New-West is open between 13:00 – 17.00 on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as the first Sunday of the month. Tickets can be purchased at the museum or in advance here. Access is arranged via the museum.
The Van Eesteren Museum House is part of the Iconic Houses Network. The website of Iconic Houses provides an overview of architecturally significant houses over the world that are open to the public.