Permanent exhibition about Cornelis van Eesteren
In the Van Eesteren Pavilion (the indoor museum) the Van Eesteren Museum hosts a permanent exhibition about the life and work of urban planner and architect Cornelis van Eesteren (1897-1988). It covers subjects like the new way of building, the creation of roads, green zones and water works in Amsterdam New West, style characteristics and the ideas of the ‘Stichting Goed Wonen’ (Association for Good Living). Photographs, design drawings and maps provide a good sense of the emergence of the Garden Cities and daily life in the 1950s and ‘60s in Amsterdam.
Temporary exhibitions in the Van Eesteren Pavilion highlight a variety of topics related to the post-war period and current and future aspects concerning Amsterdam New West. Urban planning, architecture, design and social history. For example new ways of building, style characteristics and the approach to ‘good living’ or the role that music (rock and roll) has played in the rise of youth culture in the 1950s and ‘60s.
Find out more information about the indoor museum in the Van Eesteren Pavilion.
Permanent exhibition: the Van Eesteren Museum House
The other permanent exhibition of the museum consists of the Van Eesteren Museum House at the Freek Oxstraat 27 in Slotermeer. A true gem. The house has been completely refurbished to its original state of the 1950s and fully decorated in accordance with the principles of the ‘Stichting Goed Wonen’ (Association of Good Living). It lets visitors experience how people lived in a modern family house in those years.
Take the short 15 minute walk from the indoor museum and find out what heating with a coal stove, calling with ‘a big bakelite apparatus’ and cooking in a Bruynzeel-kitchen was like.
Find out more information about the Museum House and how to visit it.